Thursday, April 30, 2020

Letters from Bear by Gauthier David, illustrated by Marie Caudry [Review & Giveaway]

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My thoughts:  This sweet story visits the days when folks wrote letters by hand to dear friends. It also is reminiscent of taking a vacation and writing a daily post card or note to a loved one or friend as you journey along on your trip sharing the sights and experiences with them.

But it is not that which is prompting Bear to write these letters. His friend, Bird, has migrated as is his custom; and Bear, missing Bird dreadfully, decides that rather than hibernate, as is his custom, he will travel to be where Bird is.

As he travels he encounters dark woods that are scary, water where he is entangled in a fishing net, the crossfire of warriors, desert perils, and more. He tells a bit in each letter and keeps saying, "I'm coming."

The illustrations are softly drawn in muted tones of greens, blues, browns, yellows, rust (or orange). They tell the story in just enough detail that a child can experience the adventure and find bits and pieces of the story in the details.

 A lovely tale of friendship, evoking letter writing skills and perseverance. I highly recommend this gentle read.

About the book: Bear can’t imagine a whole winter without her friend, so when Bird migrates south, Bear decides to follow. She’s never left the forest before, but that won’t stop her from crossing oceans and mountains—and sending letters along the way. But a surprise is waiting for Bear on the beach…

Richly told in amusing letters and lush illustrations, this adventurous story invites readers to consider just how far they’d go for their friends.

Begins April 30
Ends May 28 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
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a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Eerdmans Publishing to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.


  1. I'd love to have The Chickens Build a Wall! I'm super curious to know how Mom's Sweater is though.

  2. 1. I would like to have Friends of Liberty.2. I would like to see The Jesse Tree reviewed.

  3. (Letters from Bear by Gauthier David, illustrated by Marie Caudry [Review & Giveaway] I remember those days of writing letters. Those days are long gone I'm afraid. Too much texting going on if you ask me. My husband drives me crazy with texting all the time now!

  4. 1) I would like Two Little Birds By Mary Newell DePalma.

    2) I would love to see My Wild Cat By Written and Illustrated by Isabelle Simler reviewed on Chat with Vera.


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