The Bear and the Star
Written by Lola M. Schaefer, Illustrated by Bethanne Andersen
One early December morning, Bear wakes up and sees a new, special star that tells him it is time to begin searching. But searching for what? Bear, it turns out, is searching for a strong, tall tree, “that would be the center/of all to come.” When Bear finally comes upon the most majestic evergreen on the top of a windswept hill, he roars and bellows to the East, West, North, and South. But how can his call be heard across the ends of the earth by other creatures? It can be heard simply because, “…it was time…” As Bear continues to roar and lumber through the woods, other wild inhabitants start to follow him, curious and intrigued. Eventually people of all walks of life stop their work as well and start their quests as well, realizing also that, “It was time.” But what exactly is it time for all the living creatures to celebrate and discover, as Bear has already found the evergreen tree?! Read this wonderful, warm story to find out.
A former elementary school teacher, author Lola M. Schaefer is the author of Because of an Acorn and Lifetime. Illustrator and painter Bethanne Andersen, also a professor at Brigham Young university, has illustrated several children’s books, including A Packet of Seeds, and Seven Brave Women. Young readers and parents will like Bear’s expressive eyes and the natural beauty of Bear’s world and that of other creatures, and how Andersen uses perspective to make readers feel as if they are there in the book enjoying the heavens and the special, magnificent tree close up. (Ages 4-8 years)