A few weeks ago, over the course of several days, I received a series of postcards, with images of a girl, and a bear. And after those, the most wonderful book Lily and Bear by Lisa Stubbs, arrived.
It’s a book about childhood, friendship, imagination, and understanding. It’s a book about drawing, and dreaming and playing. About a girl. And a bear.
You see, Lily draws. She draws all sorts of things, shown in a wonderful, free flowing, child like style. Then she draws a bear. And then…. Bear gets up, out of the picture.
I just love this. It reminds me of Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, which was one of our absolute favourite TV shows when Big was very little. This is simpler, with a very gentle message and understated message – that friends are accepting of differences. To begin with Bear does the things Lily chooses to do. Tea parties, and tricycles, and playing the banjo. Then after a little while, he wants to do Bear things.
And because Lily loved Bear and Bear loved Lily
Turns out bear things are pretty fun too.
As well as the story, I love the illustrations. And it inspired us into our drawing niches to have a go. The kids drew bears and hearts.
And I drew Lily and Bear. Turns out my Reeves Water Soluble Wax Pastels Set (Pack of 12) are excellent for this kind of picture. I can’t quite get the little girl right though. Smallest doesn’t want me to – she wants me to draw her on the bear.
I cannot recommend this book enough – I have carried it around with me to show to people, enthused about it, copied drawings out of it and read it aloud lots and lots of times. I’m a newly made huge fan of Lisa Stubbs, who does the most wonderful prints and fabric work as well as children’s book illustrations. The book is out in a couple of weeks time, and there are links above to where you can order it.