Bear is just hanging out watching ants while waiting for a friend to appear. I have been thinking a lot about science in picture books lately, but I don’t even care whether that’s scientifically accurate or not. Maybe this is a whole new sub-genre for me to explore – animals who are nature lovers.
Anyway, both Bear and Bird are looking for friends. Expectations are low. Bear is willing to accept friendship with Balloon, who gets there first and doesn’t speak but is always there for Bear. Bird is too shy to say anything and then inadvertently causes a disaster. I actually gasped when I turned the page. I did not expect THAT to happen, but then it was late at night and I was about 5 minutes from falling asleep. That woke me up.
Will Bear and Bird overcome this? Can they be friends? They can. They must.
Bird, Balloon, Bear by Il Sung Na