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Little Mouse and Big Bear live on opposite ends of the same road, and they both would like a friend. But every morning, Little Mouse and Big Bear pass by each other, unnoticed. Until one day, their eyes meet!
It's a little awkward at firs—as most new friendships can be—but soon enough they're sipping warm tea together in Big Bear's cozy home, and making plans to meet again the following Sunday.
When a nasty storm blows into town will it wreck everything they've built?
This tale of friendship and bravery will warm your heart like a cookie and a warm drink shared with a friend.
About the Author
Yoshi Ueno was born in Tokyo and graduated from Chuo University. After working as a children's book editor for more than 40 years, he turned to writing children's books. His books include: the Wampaku-dan (Naughty Three Kids) series, Akamaru-chan to Kuromaru-chan (Red Dot and Black Dot), Ton Ton Ton (Knock, Knock, Knock), and Futago no Donguri (Twin Acorns). He enjoys happy moments of watching Akira Kurosawa movies while his black cat rests on his knees, and loves to hike and play tennis. Yoshi is currently a director of the Japan Children's Writers Association.
Emiko Fujishima was born in the Akita prefecture of Japan and graduated from Kyoto Seika University, Faculty of Arts, with a major in Design. In 2006, her work was selected for Bologna Children's Book Fair, Illustrators Exhibition. Works she has illustrated include the Barber Luna series from KAISEI-SHA Co., Ltd. Emiko works as a part-time teacher of picture book making and manga at an art school. She lives in the Akita prefecture with a cat, surrounded by rice fields and rich nature, and loves to take walks in the fields and mountains.
“Fujishima brings readers a subdued palette of earth tones, and there is a lovely buttery (yet pale) canary yellow that dominates, infusing the book with cheer. Her depictions of the trees, hedges, and flowers on the long road where both characters live are especially intricate and textured.”-Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast,
“Lifting his friend’s house makes Big Bear a modest hero, but the drama doesn’t take over the story. Ueno’s leisurely pace and Fujishima’s comforting artwork create a bubble that surrounds and encloses readers, who come to feel part of Little Mouse and Big Bear’s world.” -Publishers Weekly,
[STAR] “Tender and companionable.” -Kirkus Reviews (starred),
“The deeply textured illustrations, in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil, carry the emotional weight, ringing the changes on shades of blue and yellow and reminiscent, in the portrayal of trees, clouds, and waves, of the serenity and drama of Japanese woodblock prints.”-Horn Book,