Author and Illustrator Matthew Cordell returns to The Book Stall "stage" to share with us his wonderful new book, Bear Island. Publishers Weekly says, "In a story that respects grief’s slow pace, Cordell’s writing and artwork together carry grace, economy, and heart."
We say: Any work by Matthew Cordell is a treasure. We recommend this program for ages 5 to 105. It is free, but registration is required. Sign up HERE.
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About the Book: Louise and her family are sad over the loss of their beloved dog, Charlie. Life will not be the same, Louise says, as she visits a little island that Charlie loved.But on a visit to the island after Charlie's death, something strange happens: She meets a bear. At first, she's afraid, but soon she realizes that the bear is sad, too. As Louise visits more often, she realizes that getting over loss takes time. And just when she starts to feel better, it's time for Bear to bed down for the winter.Once again, Louise believes that life will not be the same. But sometimes, things can change for the better, and on the first warm day of spring, her family welcomes a new member. Here is a lovely, poignant story about loss and healing that will bring comfort to even the youngest readers.
"Grief can be particularly difficult to address with young children, and Cordell wisely eschews the platitudes often associated with this emotion, choosing instead to demonstrate the healing powers of nature and time."—Booklist
About the Author: Matthew Cordell is the author and illustrator of Caldecott award winner Wolf in the Snow, Trouble Gum, Another Brother, hello! hello!, and Wish. He has illustrated the books of renowned authors including Philip Stead ( Special Delivery), Rachel Vail (the Justin Case series), and Gail Carson Levine ( Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It). He lives outside of Chicago with his wife, the novelist Julie Halpern, and their two children. Do yourself a favor and follow him on Instagram: @cordell_matthew.
Louise and her family are sad over the loss of their beloved dog, Charlie. "Life will not be the same," Louise says, as she visits a little island that Charlie loved.