Advent Calendar / Picture Lions

The Winter Bear by Ruth Craft and Erik Blegvad

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Many years before Michael Rosen sent a family on a bear hunt, three other children set forth into the British countryside under a low winter sun. 

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They observe all kinds of natural sights, from cows to hungry birds, before discovering a brown knitted bear stuck up a tree.

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As the snow begins to fall, they retrieve the tatty teddy (‘a bit damp, a bit leafy, in need of repair‘) and take him home to dress in various oddments. 

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Rather than blanket the book cover to cover in snow there’s a beautiful feeling of the English countryside as it is in winter. Erik Blegvad chooses to begin the story against a cold, stark backdrop where there is beauty if you look for it.  

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When the snow does arrive half way through there is a sense of delayed gratification that makes it all the more pleasurable.      

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This might be a period piece, where fur coats, parkas and polo neck sweaters are part of the winter dress code, but there’s a timeless and a soothing quality to both the look of  Erik Blegvad’s watercolours and the sound of Ruth Craft’s rhymes.

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One thought on “The Winter Bear by Ruth Craft and Erik Blegvad

  1. I love this book and was pleased to be able to find a second hand copy. Your Advent Calendar posts are brilliant, I have enjoyed being reminded of old favourites and reading about more publications too. Thank you! Even though it’s getting a bit expensive as my picture book collection increases…!

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