Bear and Bird: The Picnic and Other Stories

By Jarvis

Bear didn’t really like the painting. I mean, look at it. But he liked Bird a lot, and it would remind him of her…

Bear and Bird are best friends! And while they don’t always understand each other, they both agree: all they want is to make the other happy. So, when Bear forgets to pack for a picnic (but pretends that he didn’t), Bird doesn’t let on that she knew all along. And when Bird discovers that Bear has more of a certain talent than she does, well, Bear finds a touching way to make her feel better... Full of funny mix-ups and comic misunderstandings, as well as genuine warmth and affection, these four stories are the start of an irresistibly charming new chapter book series from award-winning creator Jarvis.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529504897
  • Published: 02 Mar 2023
  • Price: £9.99
  • Size: 229 x 152 mm
  • Pages: 64

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Customer reviews


'These wittily illustrated stories of mishaps, hurt feelings, fondness and friendship have a transporting quality, ideal for 5+.' Guardian

'A sweet, funny book for early readers, Bear and Bird has all the charm and wisdom of Julian Gough and Jim Field’s Rabbit and Bear series. Bear and Bird are best friends but sometimes they get things wrong. In four short stories, Jarvis explores the ups and downs of friendship with warmth and humour. The illustrations are glorious — the pops of orange and yellow, Bear’s mottled fur, the starry navy blue of the night sky.' The best new children’s books to read this Easter, Irish Independent

'Bear and Bird epitomise enjoying the simple things in life with the ones you love. This clever showcase features four unique mini stories inspired by friendship. Each story is perfectly complimented by Jarvis’ illustrations which are heart-warming and effortlessly charming.' WRD

'Bear and Bird has an appealingly cosy feel, reminiscent of the Winnie the Pooh stories.' BookTrust

'The sweet friendship between Bear and Bird is reminiscent of classic duos such as Frog and Toad or Armadillo and Hare. The message of kindness in this story is sure to resonate.' Reading Matters Guide 2023

'A beautiful message and a charming set of simple stories.' Armadillo Magazine

'Full of funny mix-ups which will just make you laugh throughout along with genuine warmth and lovely hidden messages about how to be a good friend.' Little Blog of Library Treasures

'A wonderful easy read with well thought out plots and characters.' ReadingZone

'A book you want to spend time with and go to a place of friendship, sunshine and simple pleasures. This will become a bedtime favourite.' ReadingZone

'These gentle tales are told with a real warmth and understanding of children’s emotions, and call to mind Arnold Lobel’s classic Frog and Toad stories.' CLPE’s February's New Books Round-Up, CLPE

'A lovely book for bedtime (especially curled up under a cosy blanket), for foundation stage classroom sharing and discussion; and it’s ideal for those just starting to gain confidence as independent readers.' Red Reading Hub

'A lovely set of stories featuring these two great characters which children and adults will come to love and want to read about again and again, and seeing as this is book one, I can’t wait to read more adventures featuring these two!' The Strawberry Post

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