The Good Bear – Sarah Lean

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full of adventure and beautiful winter scenery, The Good Bear follows Thea as she goes on a journey to her father’s. It’s Christmas, and she has told him all about her want for a typewriter; she has a dream to be a writer.

When Thea arrives in Norway, where her dad lives, he has his new family: his girlfriend Inge and her children live with him. She feels like she doesn’t quite belong, even though they are kind to her and want her to feel at home.

In the woods nearby, though, is a bear who is scared and lonely. She needs to show everyone that he is a good bear and that he belongs, just like her. He needs her help; he needs to be saved.

This is a beautifully written winter tale that takes you on an adventure through the landscape of Norway. It’s the perfect book to read during a cosy night in while you look out to the snowy (well, in England, rainy) winter weather through the window. This is a heart-warming story which really lets us into the mind of the main character, Thea.

Thea is relatable for so many children who will be reading this book. Her parents are separated, meaning she needs to adjust to a new normal, and she struggles with her feeling of belonging. Seeing her make that adjustment and go on her own journey of emotional – and physical – discovery added real depth to the story. Her interactions with the bear were honest and open, and really helped the reader understand the character.

It’s so lovely to see both her and the bear begin as vulnerable characters and develop a bond through the story. They helped each other which also helped themselves; children can really see the impact kindness can have.

Like the sound of this book? Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3lWMvz1

Emily x

📚 Book gifted by publisher.

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