Looking for Smile

Illustrated by Lauren Stringer

In this sweet and gentle picture book, Bear wakes one day to find his Smile gone and enlists his friends to help him find it.

Bear and Smile are always together. They wake up together, swim by the waterfall together, and eat honey together. But one day, Bear wakes up and Smile is nowhere to be found. With the help of his woodland friends, will Bear be able to find his Smile again?

This tender and special debut picture book explores sadness with a light touch and shows that sometimes a good friend can make all the difference.

Ellen Tarlow loves to ride her bike, make her own ice cream, and draw things that don’t involve straight lines (mostly trees). She has been an elementary school teacher and an editor and now develops reading programs for schools. She lives and writes in a Brooklyn apartment that has lots of windows.

Photograph by Lauren Stringer

Lauren Stringer has illustrated many celebrated picture books, including Deer Dancer by Mary Lyn Ray; The Princess and Her Panther by Wendy Orr; Scarecrow and Snow, both written by Cynthia Rylant; as well as her own Winter Is the Warmest Season and When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit her at LaurenStringer.com.

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