Litchfield, David Bear and the Piano Clarion (Houghton Mifflin), 2015. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK
A bear finds a piano in the middle of the woods, eventually
learning to play it. All the bears love listening and he is quite popular. When
humans discover his talents he embarks on a world tour and is wildly
successful. But he misses home, he worries his friends will have forgotten him
or be mad that he left. He hurries home to the forest and discovers his piano isn’t
there! What is going on?
First off these illustrations make my heart sing they are so
stellar. The story is wholesome and sweet, easily added to a library any
library collection. However, the lesson here, about fame and friendship is a
bit odd to me for young readers, so few will encounter that. Even breaking it
down smaller into support your friends when their hobbies/sports take up time,
is also asking a bit much of younger readers, and I don’t think they will make
that leap after reading this story on their own.
EL (K-3) –OPTIONAL Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.