A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear.
When Bird visits Bear on his birthday, they spy his reflection in a mirror; Bear identifies it as his “friend, the other bear.” This anticipates the pair’s discovery of a bird and a bear in the reflection they see when they gaze into the water while on a picnic at a nearby pier. Eventually, ripples in the water indicate that these are not real creatures in the water after all, and Bird and Bear are both disappointed. They recover quickly, however, and decide that although the thought of having friends just like them was nice, it’s also nice that they are friends who are different from each other. Not much else happens in this very simple book, and the writing ends up feeling rather sparse. The illustrations, on the other hand, are exemplary in their fearless use of white space and delicate watercolor and line work.
Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)