‘A Brave Bear‘ is such a tenderly written piece of narrative and the warm, soothing illustrations provide the perfect backdrop, as this story plays out before the reader.
An inquisitive bear cub and his father set out to the river in search of some respite from the scorching hot sun. “Everything was hot. The sun was hot. The air was hot. even the shade was hot.”
Hughes adopts an earthy palette, complemented with the glowing, orange skies. You can almost feel the warmth emanating from each spread.
The expression of the young bear tells a story all of its own, as his tenacity carries him on through the varied landscape despite fear, pain and trepidation.
The father’s role is one of support and encouragement, as he too learns to let go and invites the bear cub to make his own mistakes and begin to make his own decisions to stand by.
Taylor‘s expertly evocative text will ring true for any parent and provides the perfect story to be shared time and time again.
This is without doubt one of the most heart-warming reads of the year, coupled with Hughes’ signature intricate illustrations, there’s nothing we don’t love about ‘A Brave Bear.‘