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The Touring Book Club: The Boy and the Bear #TouringPictureBook

We are back with another Touring Picture Book post and this month The Touring Book Club team comprising of ourselves and three other book loving families (Bookbairn, Acorn Books and Mamma Fliz) have chosen the very beautiful The Boy and the Bear to share with you all. Written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Sarah Massini, The Boy and the Bear is a heart-warming story of an unlikely friendship and is perfect for snuggling up with on a cold Winter's day.

The Boy and the Bear

The Boy and the Bear, which was first published last year, is now available in paperback and we are delighted to have received a copy from publisher, Nosy Crow, for the purpose of this post.

The story begins with a lonely little boy who just wants a friend to play with but all he can find is a shy  bear. When the boy starts to receive mysterious little paper boats asking him to play, he excitedly wonders who his new best friend may be. On discovering it is the shy bear, he is at first a little disappointed, especially as the bear doesn't understand how to play his games! However the unlikely duo soon start to have fun together as they build themselves a treehouse and gaze at the moon. Unfortunately with the arrival of Winter, the bear has to go away and the boy is lonely once more. But do not panic, the story ends happily as the friends are reunited in the Spring with the return of the warmer weather!

This beautifully illustrated story shows that friendship can exist in the most unusual places and can overcome all sorts of boundaries, even hibernation! We love how it explores the changing seasons and the playful yet tender depiction of such an unusual friendship.

Origami Friendship Bears

Inspired by the Boy and the Bear's origami boats in the story, we had a go at some origami of our own and, by following the instructions in a book we already had, we created some little blue friendship bears! Mini Reviewers, Izzie and Theo, wrote messages on the back of their bears to send to their best buddies and we quickly realised that the little bears make perfect bookmarks too!

However, even with comprehensive instructions, the bears were quite tricky, so instead you could always make simple paper boats to write messages on just like the boy and the bear do in the story and have fun floating them to each other! We found some simple instructions for paper boats online here.

We hope you enjoyed our post and don't forget to take a peek at what the other members of The Touring Book Club got up to this month:

Acorn Books - Ice Sensory Play
Mamma Filz - Making Woolly Hats

Until next time, HAPPY READING!
Kate & the Mini Reviewers xx

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this post, our opinion is as always our own. This post contains Amazon affiliate links. You can find out more about the Amazon Affiliate Scheme here.


  1. We have the boy and the bear too. It's a lovely book #kltr

  2. What a gorgeous book! And loving your origami work too! #KCACOLS

  3. This looks awesome! My boys would love this. Beautiful illustrations! Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  4. I think the front cover has a really wintery feel about it, perfect for this time of year!! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  5. Aww what a lovely book! I think my girls would love it, especially Sienna! I love the illustrations too! Really nice! :-) xx #kcacols

  6. Aww this looks beautiful. I love a book recommendation! Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS. Hope to see you next time x

  7. What a lovely looking book! And I used to love doing origami for a while, in my teens. Perhaps worth reviving those long lost skills... x #KCACOLS

  8. This looks like a fab book and I love the origami you have done to go with it, a great idea for a craft activity #KLTR