Project Description


Little One

by Jo Weaver

Join a new bear cub and his mother as they discover the world together, through every season.

Spring is here and new life is stirring. There is so much for Big Bear to teach her new cub as they step out into the forest. Together they eat, swim, fish, and play as one season becomes the next. With Big Bear’s help, Little One grows more and more confident, until winter comes once more and it’s time to head home.

With gentle text and stunning black and white illustrations, Jo Weaver reveals the wonder of nature, the first steps of independence, and the strength of parental love.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-924-7
Publication Date: 3/1/2016
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-5/8″ x 10-5/8″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.8
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD630L
Themes: Bears, Parent-Child Relationships, Seasons
BISAC 1: JUV002030 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Bears
BISAC 2: JUV029000 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General
BISAC 3: JUV013060 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents


“Gorgeously drafted charcoal artwork…terrifically self-assured…” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“Quietly stunning.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“This is the sort of book that will make little ones of the human sort want to cuddle up and feel comforted by the big ones in their lives.” ―Wall Street Journal

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“A sweet parent-child story for bedtime that evokes safety, peace, and plenty.” ―School Library Journal

“[A] simple tale of togetherness and growing independence” ―Booklist Online

“I just marvel at how beautiful Jo’s work is… If you haven’t see this book already, get your hands on it, hold it close, and just treasure the beauty—the art—that is this story.” ―All the Wonders Podcast

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CCBC Choices (Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2017

Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) ―Bank Street College of Education, 2017

Best Picture Books about Family ―Kirkus Reviews, 2016

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2017

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Jo Weaver worked in international development and as a support worker at a center for the homeless before turning to illustration. She has an MA in children’s book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Little One is her first picture book. She lives in England. You can visit her website here.