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The Invisible Bear

Cecile Metzger


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A simple act of kindness brings two unlikely friends together in this profound picture book about the transformative power of friendship.

A bear sits in his quiet, colorless home in a forgotten place. He feels invisible; no one comes to see him, and he spends his days alone.

Then someone moves in next door. Madame Odette is sound and sunshine, and at first, the bear isn't sure about this colorful new neighbor.

But through an act of kindness, the bear and the Madame Odette meet, and as time goes by, they become friends. And in the end, they are both forever changed by the gifts they bring each other.

The first book from author-illustrator Cécile Metzger, The Invisible Bear is a powerful and beautiful meditation on the beauty of friendship and how two people can save each other just by being themselves.

Praise For The Invisible Bear

“A beautiful yet subtle depiction of the restorative power of companionship.” --STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

"This simple story is transformed into something special by Metzger's gorgeous illustrations, delicately rendered in Chinese ink and watercolor in vintage shades." --Booklist

"Metzger has a bright future in children’s literature." --CM Magazine

“[T]he possibility of making a quiet life meaningful is vividly represented.” --Publishers Weekly

Tundra Books, 9780735266872, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

About the Author

CÉCILE METZGER is a self-taught French illustrator. She loves books and travel and lived for two years in England and Scotland. She loves to observe flowers, clouds, animals and people passing by, and she tries to find all the little stories that hide in each of them. Cécile now lives in a small village in the East of France.