Bear, Bird and Frog by Gwen Millward

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Bear, Bird and Frog by Gwen Millward

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Zoe Morris
Reviewed by Zoe Morris
Summary: A new friend upsets a best friendship, but the nice ending shows sometimes we can all be friends together in this sweet book for toddlers.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: January 2014
Publisher: Egmont
ISBN: 978-1405266802

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Bear and Bird are friends who live together. They have an exciting day planned but when Frog shows up unannounced, Bear is surprised and momentarily forgets what they had been going to do. Like a good friend, even to those who drop round without warning, he invites Frog in for tea and cake and they have a chat. Bird is a little bored, to be honest. He’s waiting for them to go out, him and Bear, but Bear seems to have forgotten all about it. In the end, it’s Bear and Frog who go out, leaving Bird behind. Bird is really a bit upset about the way he thinks they’re treating him, and even when Bear and Frog try to include him he’s a bit too proud and so stays away.

This is a fun book that’s easy to relate to and it’s a topic lots of little ones might experience – when your best friend becomes someone else’s best friend for a bit and you’re left behind. It’s not a very nice thing and it’s easy to feel hurt and angry but the moral here is that people bring different things to a friendship and you can have lots of best friends at the same time, and all get along together nicely.

The illustrations in this book are simply lovely, soft, neat, a little classic, a little classy. The sort that are drawn bearing in mind that while the audience is the under 5s, but also that it’s an adult care giver who has to read them out loud again and again. I really liked the pictures; there was some lovely scenery and the three stars look cute and friendly in contrast to the evil eagle.

This is a lovely book for everyday reading but is also perfect for giving as a special present as it’s so nicely finished. Highly recommended.

Thanks go to the publishers for supplying this book.

Best Friends (Lucky Wish Mouse) by Clara Vulliamy is another lovely book about young friendships.

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