The Boy and the Bear is written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Sarah Massini is a delightful story about friendship. Boy wears a knit red cap and wants to play except he's alone. Until, a paper boat floats across the water with the word Boo! written on it. Messages are exchanged via paper boats which I found to be a charming idea. Boy discovers the notes are from bear, a tall blue bear who isn't very good a little boy games. He tries without much success. Together they build a treehouse and spend a lot of time there until the first snowflake comes. The frozen pond has a paper boat that says Must Go. I'm sure you can predict the ending with spring arriving. Sarah Massini did a delightful job of color selection and the placement of these with a bright white background.
Thank you Candlewick Press for the advance reader copy.