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In this charming, gorgeously illustrated follow-up to the award-winning The Bear and the Piano, a fiddle-playing dog and his human pal share the joy of music, and discover that, even through sad times and far-apart times, good friendship lasts forever.
Fiddle-playing Hector and his dog, Hugo, are best friends. Hugo is Hector's biggest fan, and when Hector decides to retire, Hugo secretly learns to play the fiddle himself. Soon, a famous piano-playing bear invites him to join his all-animal band and travel the world to perform in front of huge crowds—an opportunity that Hector had always dreamed of for himself. Will Hector be able to overcome his jealousy and learn to be happy for his friend?
This heartfelt tale reminds us that there are many different kinds of success, and it celebrates the joy and healing powers of music and friendship.
About the Author
David Litchfield is the creator of the award-winning The Bear and the Piano, as well as the illustrator of Miss Muffet, Or what Came After by Marilyn Singer and many other picture books. He lives with his family in Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom. Visit him online at davidlitchfieldillustration.com, on Twitter @dc_litchfield, and on Instagram @david_c_litchfield.
"The message of friendship and forgiveness will resonate with readers searching for a fantastic and musical story...An excellent tale." –School Library Journal
"An accessible and enjoyable portrayal of the complexities of friendship, jealousy, and forgiveness." –Kirkus
Praise for The Bear and the Piano
*"A tenderly moving story about embracing one’s potential while remembering one’s roots."–Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
*"This is one of those rare books that children can return to again and again through the years, each time finding new meaning....Celebrates both the wonders of wandering far in pursuit of one's dreams and the sweet comfort of returning home." –Kirkus, STARRED review
"A visual feast...Filled with verdant and luminous images that create an enchanting atmosphere." –School Library Journal