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An Old Bear dreams of his younger days and enjoys a fantastical romp through each of the four seasons. When he awakes from hibernation and walks out into a gorgeous spring day, it takes him a moment to realize that he’s not dreaming anymore.

An endearing story, made extraordinary by Henkes’ stunning art. His watercolor and ink illustrations capture the beauty of each season in a breathtaking, magical way. The whimsical text and dreamy quality of the scenes elevate its charm even further.

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 A young boy named Nicki looses a snow-white mitten that his “Baba” made for him. It’s not long before a mole, rabbit, hedgehog, owl, badger, fox, bear and tiny mouse squeeze into the mitten to take refuge from the snowy day. Just as the boy realizes his mitten is gone, the mouse’s whiskers tickle the bear’s nose and “Aaaaa-aaaaa-ca-chew! all the animals [fly] out of the mitten.” Nicki catches the extraordinarily stretched-out mitten as it sails through the air, calling out to his grandma, “See, Baba!…I have both my mittens.”

An endearing Ukrainian folktale well-told and beautifully illustrated. Each two page spread is framed in birch bark drawings. The mitten cutouts on either side foreshadow what the next page will bring.


Little Hedgehog is preparing his house for winter when a huge gust of wind comes and blows it to pieces. As he sets off through the wild to take shelter at his friend Badger’s house, he does many acts of kindness along the way. In the end, the animals he helped repay his kindness with a wonderful surprise.



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