Lily and Bear

Illustrated by Lisa Stubbs
(Part of Lily and Bear)
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About The Book

A little girl imagines her best friend who comes to life one magical afternoon in this heartwarming, debut picture book from popular Etsy artist Lisa Stubbs.

Lily likes nothing better than to imagine and draw the things she loves. She draws cats and birds and boats and houses, and one day she makes a very special drawing of a bear who comes to life. Lily shows Bear her favorite things, and Bear shows Lily his—because everyone knows that friends help friends see the world in a new way. That’s why Lily and Bear are forever friends!

About The Author

Photograph by Lily Barr

Lisa Stubbs is an artist who lives in Yorkshire, England. Her work is inspired by Japanese graphics, vintage packaging, and her three children. Lily and Bear is her first book. Visit her online at LisaStubbs.Wix.com/Lisa.

About The Illustrator

Photograph by Lily Barr

Lisa Stubbs is an artist who lives in Yorkshire, England. Her work is inspired by Japanese graphics, vintage packaging, and her three children. Lily and Bear is her first book. Visit her online at LisaStubbs.Wix.com/Lisa.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 29, 2015)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481444163
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

Lily loves to draw, and when her crayon-sketched bear comes off the page and into real life, she finally has a friend to share her favorite things with: playing make-believe, attending tea parties, and “sail[ing] carpet seas” as pirates. Eventually, Bear is ready for something new, and he leads Lily outdoors and shares his world with her. Stubbs shows them catching fish, eating huckleberries, “and scratch[ing] their backs on a knotty pine” until the day is done and they curl up to dream of future adventures. The charming, childlike style of Lily’s crayoned art gives way to the screenprint-meets-scratchboard look of newcomer Stubbs’s mixed-media work, giving the book a playful freshness. The cheerful palette, which looks like it could have sprung directly from Lily’s crayon pail, is well suited to this upbeat story of young friendship. The contrast between Lily and Bear’s indoor and outdoor worlds, as well as the willingness with which both friends participate in things the other loves, creates a strong sense that all good friendships require a little give and take.

– Publishers Weekly, June 29, 2015

PreS-Gr 1–Lily, a girl in a red tutu, loves to draw. One day she depicts friendship andimaginative play in the form of a big brown bear. Together, Lily and Bear go onkid adventures and bear adventures until it is time to sleep. The illustrationsare done in a naive style with crayons and swaths of geometric patterns.Simple, bold text contributes just enough to the illustrations, creating alovely partnership between words and images. VERDICT Stubbs has created a fanciful delight that willbe a great addition to picture book and storytime collections.–

– School Library Journal, October 2015

Awards and Honors

  • Kansas State Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle

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