Bear and Bird by James Skofield, illustrated by Jennifer Thermes is a story of friendship, life, loss, death, and new friends.
Bear helps Bird and they become friends. They are friends for several seasons and one day when Bird comes back for the Spring, Bear isn't there. But Bear's grandson comes along. Bird and the new Bear become friends. What a beautiful story to share with a child that has just lost a loved one. I will keep this title in mind for parents and teachers. The art is watercolor with pencil and possibly pen and ink. They are soft and gentle like the story.