On a windy spring day, Bear sniffs the air. Could it be. . . Kite day?
Rushing home he tells Mole, and the two fast friends get to work building a kite of their own. They study, and collect, and measure, and construct—and soon, their kite is flying high above the meadow.
But when a storm rumbles in—SNAP!—the kite string breaks, and all their hard work soars away. Chasing after it, Mole and Bear discover all is not lost—wedged in the branches of a tree, their kite protects a nest of baby birds from the pouring rain.
Will Hillenbrand's Bear and Mole series is the perfect choice for storytime sharing or reading aloud. Strong verbs, repetitive phrases, and fun-to-read sounds keep young listeners and readers engaged with the story, while the gentle illustrations add detail and quiet humor. Kids will delight in poring over these books again and again.
Don't miss the other Bear and Mole titles, including All For a Dime, Spring is Here, and First Star!
About the Author
Will Hillenbrand has written and illustrated a wide range of picture books for children, including the popular Bear and Mole series. Spring Is Here won the Please Touch Museum Book Award. What a Treasure! a Pennsylvania One Book, was written with his spouse Jane Hillenbrand. Will lives in Ohio, and is the Illustrator and Author in Residence at Kent State University. Find him on the web at www.willhillenbrand.com.
* "The joyful, exuberant protagonists are set against broad expanses of field and sky, and plenty of white space. This cheerful picture book is a felicitous blend of short text and brightly colored mixedmedia illustrations. It is a winner for storytimes."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
"In this breezy kite affair, the adorable duo of Bear and Mole is back again, reveling in nature. . . Sophisticated compositions are cinematic or sequentially kinetic, cleverly matching the author’s playful use of onomatopoeia. Muted tones that begin the tale give way to darker and more dramatic hues, creating a powerful shift, both visually and emotionally. This gentle and charming read-aloud will make young audiences 'awww' with delight."—Kirkus Reviews
"Bring this out on a breezy day to inspire a session of kite-making or wind exploration, or share it as part of a kite-themed storytime."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books