Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Age 5-7+ years
One day a young bear cub finds a piano in the forest. Gradually he learns to play, and the other bears love to hear him. One day some humans discover the piano playing bear and invite him to play in the city. Soon he is the toast of the town with his name in lights. But he misses the forest and his friends.
This is a stunning picturebook with an appealing story about success, fame and friendship. If your child enjoys the story, there are two more wonderful books in the series The Bear the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle and The Bear the Piano and Little Bear’s Concert to enjoy.
Before beginning the story look at the cover illustration and wonder together about where this story might happen and how a bear might be playing a piano.
Read the story aloud pausing to talk about the decisions the bear might make, for example when he is invited to leave the forest and when he is sitting on the roof in the city lost in thought.
In several parts of the story the text is separated into short sections, for example when he learns to play the piano and when he performs in the concert. This is very supportive for young readers; you could encourage your child to join in with these or take over the reading here.
Talk about the story
The illustrations in this book are beautiful – share your favourite double page spreads and talk about them.
The bear has to make some tricky decisions in the story – talk about these, does your child agree with them? – How would they advise him – should he leave the forest? Should he stay in the city?
Talk about what this story is about and any messages the writer was trying to convey.
Listen to the story read aloud