The Bear and the Piano

The Bear and the Piano

Book - 2016
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"A bear finds a piano in the woods, learns to play it, and travels to the big city to become rich and famous, but ultimately discovers that his old friends in the forest back home are still the best audience of all."--
Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
ISBN: 9780544674547
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,31 cm.


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jcljessicaj Nov 04, 2019

A bear finds a piano in the woods and learns to play. He's discovered by humans and taken to the city where he becomes famous, but he ends up missing home. He decides to leave the city and go back to the forest. My favorite part of this story is how he's worried that the other bears were mad that he left them, but he discovers they've been proud and cheering for him from afar the whole time. It game me all the warm fuzzies.

bougie_bao Jul 01, 2019

Wonderful & touching story about friendship.

Dec 10, 2018

This is an amazing and wonderful book! The story is so unique- but at its' heart it's about talent, and leaving home behind, and friendship, and the constant pull an artist feels between performing for the world and the home he has to leave behind. A book to cherish!

Aug 15, 2017

A sweet tale about a becoming successful, seeing the world, missing home and the meaning of true friendship.

VaughanPLAlexK Jul 05, 2017

I would give this book more stars if I could. Beautiful message, beautiful writing, beautiful illustrations.

forbesrachel Apr 01, 2017

No matter how far you make it in life, no matter how much success and renown you gather, you must always remember to look back, for there lies the most important "audience" of all. The idea of a piano-playing bear becoming famous may be amusing and fictitious, but this story and message are earnest and highly relatable. The Bear in the Piano teaches children to be grateful for the support they receive, in an unobtrusive way, by showing a career at a glance. When an unnamed bear discovers an abandoned piano in the forest, he begins to play with it. His initial curiosity gradually turns into a serious passion, and he eventually becomes good enough to garner the attention of all the other bears in the forest. His desire to expand his skills leads him to the city, where he gains fans and fame, but even with all that he has, he feels that something is missing. So he heads back home, and it is there that he finds what he really needs. Litchfield's mixed media art gives off a kind vibe; you just want to hug the cute and rotund bear, and the forest is an idyllic, light-filled place. Every page is full of colour (the mahogany, vine covered piano looks like a treasure), and the detailed line work gives everything character. Overall, The Bear and the Piano is a gorgeous book that encourages children to follow their dreams, without forgetting their roots.

Rebekah_library Oct 26, 2016

Wild and wonderful!

PMPL_AnaC Aug 26, 2016

I will always be drawn to books that are masterfully illustrated. This is one of them. I related to it on a personal level as well, as 2 of us play piano in my family and we just came back from a trip to NYC. Love it.

LookSeeTry Apr 28, 2016

This is a beautiful book. It is worth reading more than once. Really explores the challenge of reaching premier levels at something but missing home. Really lovely story.


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waywardangel Dec 16, 2015

It tells of friendship and the power of music, and all in a story about a bear and a piano. A moving tale of exploration and belonging.

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