Author: Chizuko Kuratomi
Illustrator: Kozo Kakimoto
Publisher: MacDonald, 1968
Themes: Bears, rabbits, fear, Fish-out-of-water story
Opening: See image below.
Summary: (from Amazon) Deciding it is time for a change, Mr. Bear leaves his mountain home to be a sailor.
I like this book because: I’ll admit it – my weakness is for great illustration and Kakimoto is a master of composition! I admire the loose strokes and bold shapes, how he leaves large spaces with little detail and fill small spaces with lots – and all the energy this generates on the page. Fresh today as ever! I also like the juxtaposition of a big brown bear and a fluffle of little rabbits!
Resources/activities: I hope someone still has an atlas around the house to share the joy of maps with children, to trace rivers and mountain ranges. Also talk about places that have felt so different from home and where else you might like to go!
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.