A new friendship helps a polar bear realize that it’s possible to see every color in the rainbow—you just need to know how to look
In this picture book perfect for fans of Carson Ellis’s Home and Aaron Becker’s Journey, Bear longs to see color . . . but everything around him on the North Pole is white, white, white. When a seagull brings a gift from a little girl, Bear falls in love with the colors in her painting, but it’s not enough. So the girl sets off in her boat to take Bear on an adventure and help him see the colors up close. The pair visits colorful landmarks around the world, from the windmills of Holland to the Egyptian pyramids to New York’s Statue of Liberty. And by the time they return to Bear’s polar home, Bear has learned to see color reflected all around him—especially the colors of the Northern Lights, which were there all along.
Erin Eitter Kono is an award-winning author and illustrator. She was raised in Iowa and then spent years traveling the world. Erin currently lives in Palos Verdes, California, with her husband, daughter, hamster, dog, and the neighborhood peacock.
“The combination of color, playful characters with rich facial expressions, and iconic world landmarks make this a charming tale perfect for storytime.”—Booklist
“Beginning with highlighted landmarks of Europe and ending with the wonders of the ocean depths and monuments of the Americas, the book presents the young artist’s small pen and watercolor paintings in a briefly worded travelogue that follows Bear and friend. . . . A recommended general purchase for all libraries.”—School Library Journal