Children's Illustrated Fiction
Nonna saw that Happy Bear was puzzled. 'Would you like to come with me on my trip to The End of the World?' she asked him. 'We could start a search for your sort of Bear there. You would certainly fit in my red and black bag.'
Happy Bear was very excited with the plan. Then he hesitated because he knew he would have to leave his much-loved grandchildren playmates behind. They definitely would not fit in the bag 'but would their toy mascots fit instead' And what sort of adventure would it be?
Enjoy this first story woven around Happy Bear's quest to find his place in the world, and just why his name must have a capital 'B', as told in large part by true photography taken in locations in the deep south.
This real-life adventure started with the chance finding of a small, soft, brown, toy bear, later taken by the author on a journey to the deep south as a keepsake for a loved one unable accompany her on the journey, so setting up another soft-toy-human bond.
These two books are inspired by the wonders of the landscapes and fauna to be found in remote places, especially those at extreme ends of this planet. They are to be enjoyed equally by older humans with a young one beside them, to share in the images and the story of the small soft brown toy bear who is trying so hard during the adventures to discover just who and what he is. A Gift of Love is the first title, A Gift of Friendship the sequel. That the adventures were real and the photography true brings to life very vividly what it is like to be there. They can be dipped into many times over, each time noticing something not seen before. In essence they are travel books for adults with children, and especially those who have, or have had, an affectionate bond with a particular soft toy. And could that not be all of us?
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