|Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod & Freya Blackwood (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2012)|
In this delightful, imaginative story about friendship, we meet Maudie and Bear. Maudie can be a bit bossy, but Bear is often stoic and quite gentle with a heart of gold. These five short stories are cozy, sweet and sometimes comical. The vintage-style illustrations add to the charm of this picture book. We read about two friends on bike rides ("Exercise," said Maudie, "is so good for you."), fixing afternoon snacks, making up after a small tiff, telling stories, and dancing in the moonlight.