This is a beautiful book. At first glance it’d be easy to feel that Jo Weaver’s Little One, which features mother bear and baby bear on the cover, is ‘just one of those mother and baby bear books.’ It’s a book that makes you happy to be a mother – if you are – because you have a little bear (you know what I mean!) you love. And if you are a baby bear it feels so nice and safe to have mother bear close by.
Drawn in tones of white and grey, with a hint of almost black, it’d be easy to feel it’s not colourful enough for a children’s picture book. But you’d be wrong. There is something so comforting about these quiet pictures of a mother and her child.
We witness them waking from hibernation and going out into the world, where mother bear teaches her young one what to do, playing with him/her. The landscape is beautiful, even with no hint of blue or green, or any colourful flowers. It feels perfect as it is.
And when the season is over, mother bear takes her child back to where they last slept, and they curl up close, for another winter.
It makes you want to hibernate.