The Bear and the Piano

Two subjects dear to me: Music and Home; I’m somewhat predisposed to like this book, but it has more of an emotional impact than I had expected.

The Bear and the Piano


David Lichfield

Frances Lincoln, 2015

Little Bear finds a piano in the forest, discovers he has talent, leaves the forest and becomes a concert-hall star. But, what happens when he comes back to the forest? Will his friends remember him? Will they understand what he has been doing? Will they welcome him home?

The story is told in simple rhythmic words, the illustrations glow and entice, the denouement is beautiful.

This is David Lichfield’s first book and well-merits its Waterson’s Childrens Book Prize. I’ve not yet seen his second book Grandad’s Secret Giant, but I will be getting it soon.

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