Love Is in the Bear

Judith Henderson

Nahid Kazemi

A perfectly pitched story about a bear, a bird, and a bond forged through music

Spring is here, and Bear is finally emerging from his hollow to greet his forest friends. Suddenly, he hears beautiful singing coming from above. It’s Bird, practicing for the forest Opera! When Bird tells Bear that she’s auditioning for a duet, Bear decides to try out as well, and asks if he can practice with her. Bird agrees, and as the pair rehearses their song, an unlikely friendship begins.

After the audition, Bird is cast in the opera—but Bear is not. Devastated, Bear returns to his hollow to hide. Bird comes to comfort him and insists that the pair are still a duet, with or without a stage to sing on. Reassured of their close bond, Bear celebrates Bird’s success at the Opera, getting the best seat in the house and quietly singing along with his friend.

This tender celebration of loyalty, friendship, and song is brought to life with Judith Henderson’s lyrical text and the soft, magical illustrations of Nahid Kazemi. Together, Bird and Bear face the music and find that the strongest connections can weather the most difficult disappointments with empathy, resilience, and mutual support.

Judith Henderson, Nahid Kazemi
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SKU: OB400132n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781771475891

"Kazemi’s ethereal forest, full of smudged trees and floating dandelion wisps, enhances the sentimental atmosphere of these sweet soul mates ... Elevates standard hibernation fare to a new level."

- Kirkus Reviews

"Enhanced with gently humorous moments and details about the natural world’s seasonal changes, this tender tale celebrates the sweet allure of shared song spinning into an unexpected but abiding friendship."

- Booklist

"A visual feast, this book is a dreamy ode to love and friendship."

- School Library Journal

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Publication date

October 15, 2023

Number of pages



Self-Awareness; Social Awareness; Relationship Skills

Interest age

From 4 to 7