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The Bear and the Piano

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Enchanting book about the love of music and the tug of home.

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This lovely picture book celebrates the transcendent power of art and the importance of maintaining connection with friends and family. The illustrations are beautifully evocative, with dreamlike light filtering through the trees in the forest contrasting with busy, darker-hued pages of success in the bustling city. Author-illustrator David Litchfield is based in the United Kingdom, but the city appears to be New York City, with mention of "Broadway" and street signs depicting the intersection of Broadway and West 58th Street.

The message is artfully subtle, never clunky or heavy-handed, and the takeaway for kids may be unconscious, calming any anxieties about following their deepest desires and dreams, and reassuring them that they'll be loved and supported even as they go forth.

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