Spring 2023

The Bear and the Wildcat

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A picture book with delicate illustrations that explains the path of grief, ending with the uplifting new beginning of a budding friendship based on understanding.

When the little bird dies, his friend the bear is inconsolable. Full of grief, he locks himself in his house and ventures out again only when the smell of young spring grass blows through his window. He always carries a small box, which he opens for no one.

He meets a wildcat who understands his need to carry the box. As the cat plays on her violin, the bear remembers all the beauty he experienced with the little bird. Now he can bury his friend, keeping him alive in his memories and feelings.

Explaining the topic of grief and loss in a way that speaks to any age and with a quiet understanding of what it is like to lose someone you love, The Bear and the Wildcat shows a way through paralyzing grief and simultaneously tells the story of a hopeful new friendship.

Tender and sensitive, this is an excellent tool for helping to explain the process of grief, loss and bereavement with children or anyone who needs it
Loved by adults and children, also suitable for schools, hospices, grief centers and counselors
Translated from the Japanese edition by Cathy Hirano.

Komako Sakai lives in Japan and studied art in Tokyo. She is one of the most popular children’s illustrators in Japan and winner of the Japanese Picture Book Prize, and her books are published throughout the world.

Kazumi Yumoto was born in Tokyo, Japan. Her books, mostly novels for older children, have won numerous international awards.

Praise for The Bear and the Wildcat:

“Quietly contemplative, mingling hope and healing, this is a book that will offer comfort to many.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

“This powerful story deals with one of life’s most complicated and painful aspects with delicacy and honesty. Intricately layered pencil illustration accompanies the tale to create a story that is very moving but also filled with hope.”—BookTrust UK

“If grieving people are allowed to grieve, then they will find their way back to the joy of life – that’s the message of this delicate Japanese book.”—Die Zeit

Format Your Price Add
978-1-877467-70-7
On pre-order until 02/07/2023
$14.99
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category Diverse Books: Mental Health & Neurodiversity, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2011
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2023-02-07
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039030, JUV039060, JUV002000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 9.3 x 7.1
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“Quietly contemplative, mingling hope and healing, this is a book that will offer comfort to many.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Kazumi Yumoto

Kazumi Yumoto studied music composition at Tokyo College and has written opera libretti and plays for radio and television. Her books have won numerous international awards.

Illustrator: Komako Sakai

Komako Sakai lives in Japan and studied art in Tokyo. She is one of the most popular children's illustrators in Japan, and her books are published throughout the world.