Luna and her polar bear friend (Bear) discover a beautiful gold flower growing in the snow. But when the flower fades, Bear goes on a search around the world for another to bring to Luna. It's only when he returns home that the true strength of their friendship is revealed.(goodreads summary)
Luna and her best friend Bear do everything together. When Bear shares a beautiful golden flower with Luna that he finds in the snow, she calls it her sunshine flower and wants to treasure it forever. Unfortunately, her special flower begins to wilt causing Luna's smile to fade as well. Bear tries everything to bring back her smile but with no prevail, he decides that he must set out to find her another one.
One look at the beautiful cover and I knew I was going to like this one. This simple story about friendship is not only sweet and cute but the illustrations added a special warm feeling to it. The spirit of their friendship is felt by its' gentle characters and soft warm colors on each page. I liked the expression Bear had while trying to get Luna to cheer up, either by being roly-poly in the snow or making a silly face. Bears determination to make Luna smile again reinforced how far friends go for each other when in need. When Bear returns with nothing, Luna has a special surprise of her own for him and that just being best friends is more important than anything else. A great story filled with true friendship and love for a cold winters day. I think this is a "just right book for ages 3-6.~
Title: A Flower in the Snow
Author: Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Sophie Allsopp
Pub. Date: December 2012, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 32 pgs.