Book Size: 9.6" x 9.6"

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623716837

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Illustrations: full-color

Ages: 0-5 years

Release date: Summer 2024


Somewhere for Little Bear


$ 18.95

About this book

A heartwarming migration story of connection and belonging, beautifully brought to life by prolific picture book author-illustrator Britta Teckentrup.

Little Bear lives happily in his cozy cave deep in the woods. He loves picking berries during the day, listening to the birds sing under his favorite tree in the evening, and curling up comfily on his soft leaves to sleep each night.

But when Bear wakes up one morning to find his beloved forest ablaze, he must make a quick escape, away from his cozy cave, friendly faces and the comforts he knows.

He walks and walks in search of somewhere new to call home, but finds he's not welcome in the places that look most familiar to him.

Feeling hopeless and alone, Little Bear must journey even further into the unknown. And only in the most unfamiliar of places, does the kindness of new animal friends lead Little Bear to discover the true meaning of home . . .


About the author

Britta Teckentrup is an illustrator, fine artist, and writer. She was born in Hamburg, Germany, and went on to study at St. Martin’s College and the Royal College of Art in London. Britta has created over 40 books, translated into 20 languages worldwide, and her artwork has been shown at exhibitions all over the world. She lives and works in Berlin with her artist husband and their son.


“In a gentle allegory, delicately worked, stipple-textured forest scenes create an idyllic home for Little Bear, who loves his favorite rock and his cozy cave. Soon, though, a fire destroys the woods; dancing flames appear tinted in the same autumn colors as the forest, making a scene that’s graceful as well as scary. After Little Bear flees for his life, he must bravely search for a new place to call home. Every time he locates a likely-looking spot, though, other creatures protest: ‘Go away and find your own burrow!’ shouts a rabbit. At last, in a very different forest, he finds a place and creatures who welcome him. Teckentrup (A Happy Place) presents the general dilemma of searchers everywhere, paying particular attention to those who never dreamed they’d have to leave their homes and who find themselves in places bewilderingly different from those they came from. More than physical circumstances, the welcome that Little Bear receives makes it clear that it’s the warmth of fellow creatures that will help him to settle in, a message that serves as a jumping-off point for reader discussions. Ages up to 5.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review


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