Bear and the Whisper of the Wind (Hardcover)
Oftentimes, life will give us a sign to try something new. In this case, it comes in the form of a strawberry pie. Although change can be scary, Bear shows us that there is so much beauty in the journey. Dubuc charms again with a gentle reminder to trust your instinct and follow the path the wind, and your heart, tell you to. It will always guide you home.
Beth— From Staff Picks: Picture Books
Bear is happy at home, eating strawberry pie and spending time with his friends. But one day, the wind whispers to Bear, calling him to embark on a surprising journey to an unknown place. He isn't sure where he is going, but he knows that everything will turn out okay if he trusts his instincts.
A sweet, delightfully illustrated tale about believing in yourself, Bear and the Whisper of the Wind shows children that change may be scary at first, but it can lead to fun, happy, and exciting things too.
"I love Bear’s wanderlust and restlessness, his uncertainty and daring....I love that his departure doesn’t have to be explained. And I love, as always, Dubuc’s delicate, fine-lined illustrations in pencil, colored pencil, and watercolors."
– 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast
"The story is compelling and will keep little listeners interested, but it is the gorgeous illustrations that are the real star of this beautiful book. Every page is filled with wonderful details of the sweet woodland. The color palette is soft and gentle. This book will be asked for over and over."
-- Seattle Book Review
With thoughtful text and delicately colored spreads made using colored pencil, pencil, and watercolor, Dubuc explores the impulse to change circumstances....Dubuc makes it easy to enter Bear’s desirous rationale, as he wonders 'why he couldn’t stay in the cozy little house in the clearing' and 'What if I have made a terrible mistake?' in a book about a character who listens carefully to his inner impulses, and acts on them."
– Publishers Weekly
"Dubuc thoughtfully addresses the complexities involved in giving up the safety of the known for the unknown: it can be scary (“What if I have made a terrible mistake?”) but also allows for personal growth and reward. Details in the art acknowledge the need for comfort during upheaval; some of those “treasured possessions,” which remind Bear of his old friends, reappear throughout. The mainly green and brown hues of the woodland setting in Dubuc’s precise pencil, colored-pencil, and watercolor illustrations reflect the naturalness of Bear’s desire for change."
– The Horn Book