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author / illustrator: May Angeli

ages: 4+

32 pages 

21 x 24 cm



Les Éditions des Éléphants

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The Bear and the Duck

  • An ode to friendship.


    One late winter day, a strange noise startles Bear out of his slumber. Grumpily searching for the source, he finds Duck, trapped in the thicket—but not for long. Bear frees Duck with a few scoops of his big paws, and their friendship begins. The more time the two spend swimming, exploring, and telling stories, the less Bear wants to go back to his lonely old life. As spring turns to summer, and summer turns to fall, what else will change?


    Stunning woodcut engravings illustrate this gentle story about kindness, the four seasons, and the joy of an unexpected friend.



    • Mississippi Children's Museum Magnolia Book Awards Pre-K - 2nd Grade Nominee (2023)





    “A loving, nonjudgmental tale of a long and lasting friendship.” - Kirkus Reviews

    “An enjoyable, charming, and reassuring story of friendship.” - Booklist


    “A sweet tale of an unexpected but meaningful friendship, a mild lesson in patience, and a message of caring—this tale is recommended for all collections.” - School Library Journal (starred review)





    Since her debut in 1961 with Editions de la Farandole, May Angeli has illustrated hundreds of picture books for children. Her beautiful woodcuts are much appreciated, and her work has been used to illustrate the texts of authors such as Rudyard Kipling, Jules Verne and Marcel Aymé. In 2019, she donated nearly 700 of her drawings to the French National Library and her woodcuts were exhibited in 2021 in a full retrospective of her 60 years of work.





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