Bearly There by Aleesah Darlison
Blake and Bearly There have been together forever. In fact, the pair are inseparable, that is, until Winston has a paw in it.
Only Blake can appreciate his ripped and ragged bear. Everyone keeps telling him how horrible his old companion is. Aunt Phelicia insists it's time to replace the worn out old bear. In comes Winston.
Winston is covered in rich, velvety fur with satin lined ears. He has moveable arms and legs but best of all he talks when his buttons are pushed. Who can resist a bear that asks for squeezy cuddles?
The problem is Winston doesn't want to share Blake and promptly disposes of Bearly There out the nearest open window.
Although Blake has enough love for both bears clearly it is Bearly who holds his heart.
Blake is heartbroken at the loss of his beloved. Just as we feel Blake's pain Bearly appears through the moonlit window, much to the bewilderment of Winston.
Excited to be back with his best friend Blake cuddles him tight as he drifts off to sleep. Winston is left alone and crying on the floor until a familiar paw reaches out to him.
'There's plenty of room,' said Bearly There.
'Even for a naughty bear like me?'
'Yes, even for a bear like you, Winston.'
Bearly shows Winston the meaning of love, friendship and acceptance no matter how different you are.
Jill Carter-Hansen has taken the unique step of illustrating the book in black and white. With the use of red to liven up each illustration instantly creating an eye catching picture book sure to be adored by bear lovers everywhere.
Bearly There is a bear that could only be loved by his owner, but the book is sure to be loved by all.
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