Bird, Balloon, Bear

Bird, Balloon, Bear

Book - 2017
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A fresh and heartwarming new story from Il Sung Na about finding the courage to make a friend.

Bird is new to the forest, and he's looking for a friend. Bear could use a friend, too.
But Bird is too shy to introduce himself. Just as he musters the courage to say hello . . . it's too late! Bear has already found a friend- a bright, shiny red balloon.

Has Bird missed his chance?

From the acclaimed Il Sung Na comes a charming and beautifully illustrated story about courage, kindness, and friendship.

Peek inside the jacket for a special poster!

Praise for Il Sung Na-

"Na brings fresh energy to the familiar. With a coloring style that feels as if someone took a firecracker to a box of crayons, Na makes turtle shells as dynamic as a peacock's plumage." --The New York Times (The Opposite Zoo)

"Il Sung Na's illustrative art is so joyous, so jubilantly colorful, it feels celebratory and poetic even when the story is simple and spare." - The Boston Globe ( A Book of Babies )

" A grand read-aloud." - Kirkus Reviews , Starred ( Welcome Home, Bear )

"It's the rare picture book that, upon arrival, feels as though it has been around for years already; Na's belongs to this group." - Publishers Weekly , Starred ( A Book of Sleep )

"Vibrant and whimsical." - School Library Journal , Starred ( Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit )
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, ©2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399551550
Branch Call Number: Z NA
Characteristics: 26 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm


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forbesrachel Aug 13, 2017

The tale starts with a bird. A bird who wants to make friends, but is too shy to do so. As he watches a bear play with his silent friend balloon, bird wants all the more to join in. Then, the little thing gets his chance when the wind lifts the red balloon away. Bird never does find the courage to "make" a friend, but he becomes friends through circumstance. Shy children will understand and relate to this. Words are hard. Because of this, words are appropriately kept to a minimal. The tone is established by the creator's use of white space, and a few pages which are filled with colour. Bird, bear, and the red balloon pop out against this white, and the other predominant hue of bluish green. All three are delightful, and chubby, with very simplistic features. Their story is one to turn to when more traditional "make a friend" books don't fit the child's personality.

Jun 14, 2017

I don't know if I'm alone in thinking this but.....I feel that the author/illustrator is packed full of potential but currently leaves me unsatisfied. I feel unsaid things left hanging in the air or an incomplete ending. We leave the two new friends before bird "opens up" verbally to bear in any way--be it to tell of its shyness, to express compassion to bear for loss of balloon, or declaration of loyalty an not disappearing like other "friend."

laurauk May 01, 2017

Bird, Balloon and Bear is a picture book about being patient when developing childhood friendships. Simple, colorful illustrations with nicely sized text. For the 3+ child.

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