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The Bear and the Wildcat

The Bear and the Wildcat
Title: The Bear and the Wildcat
Author: Kazumi Yumoto
Illustrator: Komako Sakai
Publisher: Gecko Press (2011)
ISBN: 9781877467707
Age: 3+

Translated from Japanese. Devastated Bear finds his friend Bird dead. He shuts himself away from the world while he grieves. “Bear thought back over their special times together. He remembered how the tiny black beak had tickled when the bird pecked Bear’s forehead to wake him each morning… Bear remembered everything.” In the Spring Bear meets Wildcat who he confides in about his friend Bird. “This little bird must have been a very special friend of yours… You must miss him a lot.” Through his new friendship with Wildcat, Bear feels ready to start the grieving process.

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Child Bereavement UK: Supporting Families and Educating Professionals 
Child Development Institute: How to Talk to Kids About Death
Kirkus Reviews: Kazumi Yumoto: An Appreciation
Gecko Press: Kazumi Yumoto biography
Gecko Press: Komako Sakai biography
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