The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

By Ms. Kristina

This oversized picture book was originally published in 2011 in France under the title Une chanson d’ours and as such has a distinctly French air.

The color palette of yellow, blue and black fade to a muted color scheme that feels nostalgic as well as modern. The colors bring the reader through a frantic search for little bear. The first two-thirds of the book feel like an ornate and beautifully rendered “search and find.” From elephants peeking out windows,to fish statues to a little boy wearing a bear hat, where is Little Bear? A mustard yellow double-page spread with a very upset papa Bear is the turning point of the story and the means of finally finding Little Bear in all the crowds.

You have to read it to appreciate it, but the illustrations are just beautiful.

The Bear’s Song
By Benjamin Chaud
Grades: PreK-3
Format: Picturebook


I’m a Boston girl through and through! I love steampunk… in fact, I had a steampunk wedding. I love Victorian Gothic novels and am currently writing a middle grade novel titled Claudette and the Bibliotheque! I have an MA in Children's Literature and an MS in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston. I do not read anything but books for children and young adults. Ever.

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