Created: 7th June, 2021

Bear Island

Author: Matthew Cordell
Illustrator: Matthew Cordell
Publisher: Andersen Press




Years 5 and 6

A picture book about healing after a bereavement, the death of a loved one or a family pet, by Caldecott Medallist Matthew Cordell. 'In a story that respects grief’s slow pace, Cordell’s writing and artwork together carry grace and heart.' - Publishers Weekly, starred review. 'Cordell speaks eloquently and respectfully to the universal experience of loss and recovery.' - New York Times

Louise and her family are sad after their beloved dog Charlie dies. “Life will not be the same,” Louise says, as she visits a little island that Charlie loved. But on the island, something strange happens: she meets a bear who teaches her that getting over a bereavement takes time and that sometimes, things can change for the better.