Staff Favourite: The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
Updated: Aug 1, 2018
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - Marcus Leong
"The city was everything he had hoped it would be. But deep down, something tugged at the bear's heart."
- The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
What is this story about?
A young bear cub found something strange in the forest one day: a piano. He touched the keys for the first time, but it only created an awful sound, so he left after that. However, something drew him to come back the next day, and the next day, and the day after that.
Before he knew it, he had grown up and the melodies he played were so beautiful that his friends could not help but gather to hear him play. Soon, a father and his daughter noticed his musical talent and offered him an opportunity to play in New York for hundreds of people. He took up the offer, although he was sad to leave the forest and his friends.
Before long, the bear became a musical sensation, winning numerous awards and creating headlines everywhere. He had everything, yet there was always something tugging at his heart: the bear was homesick, and he missed his old friends. Playing for hundreds of people just wasn’t the same as playing for his friends.
So the bear decided to go back into the forest. But will his friends be happy to see him? Will they have forgotten him? To his surprise, his friends never forgot him, in fact they have been supporting and watching him from afar all this while. Filled with emotions, the bear sat down and played once more for the most important audience of all.
What Marcus thinks…
This is an incredibly moving story that explores the themes of ambition and belonging. As a student currently studying and seeking a career in the United States, this book hit me right in the heart. This book is perfect for parents to teach their children the significance of pursuing their dreams, but also to stay true to their roots along the way.
While seizing every opportunity to reach our goals is important, the gifts of family, friendship and belonging should always be treasured and cherished. The main element that makes the story so poignant and touching has to be its vivid and mesmerising illustrations. The facial expressions of the bear are drawn with so much detail, that you can’t help but feel for the bear and journey along with him in his passionate and emotional adventure.
I highly recommend this book, particularly for children ages 4 to 6. For a child who's just starting to dream big, there would not be a better gift to give than this book.
A child at heart, Marcus loves deep and insightful conversations but also enjoys reading stories and playing video games with his friends. A sports enthusiast, you can find him spending hours in the park playing volleyball with his sister.