Hello, friends! Our book today is The Polar Bear in the Garden by Richard Jones, a warm and comforting tale of loving and letting go.
One Monday, a child finds a polar bear in their garden. The creature is small enough to fit in the palm of their hand, and the child offers the tiny bear assistance, thinking that it must be lost. Each day, the bear grows a little bit larger, first fitting into a pocket, then a hat, and so forth. By Wednesday, the child decides that it’s time to take the little polar bear home, and sets sail on a ocean voyage to reunite the bear with its family. By the time they’ve reached the icy floes, where a family of polar bears welcome them, the polar bear has reached full size. But how can these friends, who have been through so much together, say goodbye?
Lovely. With gentle, soothing text and adorably tender illustrations, Jones weaves a story that is both bittersweet and uplifting, an delicate balance to achieve. While the reader will empathize with the necessity of the friends’ goodbye, the story’s main message is clear – that their time spent together was far more meaningful than their parting. For caregivers, this will especially tug at the heartstrings, and for kiddos facing tough goodbyes, it could be a wonderful source of comfort. The length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ and I both loved it, especially the incredibly charming illustrations of the tiny polar bear. Overall, a cozy tale with an impactful lesson, and we highly recommend it – Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)