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The Bear and the Piano

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The author’s heroes and biggest influences are Albert Uderzo, Jon Klassen and Shaun Tan. Can you find out more about these people? Can you see any of their influences in this book? David’s author/illustrator picture books ‘The Bear & The Piano’ ‘Grandad’s Secret Giant’ and ‘The Bear, The Piano, The Dog & The Fiddle’ are out now.

Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 | Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016| Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children's books| Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. Offline Resource – This is for anyone who does not have online access or if they wish to learn away from the computer screen (this includes both lesson 1 and lesson 2) Write a newspaper article about the bear’s first performance. Use the headlines shown in the illustrations as a starting point. Night Mayor Franklefink has vanished from the Transylvanian Express - and it's up to you to solve the case! Part of the Solve Your Own Mystery seri...


One day a young bear cub finds a piano in the forest. Gradually he learns to play, and the other bears love to hear him. One day some humans discover the piano playing bear and invite him to play in the city. Soon he is the toast of the town with his name in lights. But he misses the forest and his friends. This is a stunning picturebook with an appealing story about success, fame and friendship. If your child enjoys the story, there are two more wonderful books in the series The Bear the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle and The Bear the Piano and Little Bear’s Concert to enjoy. Share the story Read aloud Thank you so much - this is exactly what I needed this week. Thank you also for leaving this free, it's a great help. PRELUDE IN C MINOR – Another piece by Bach. Well, his music is so good, after all. Bach loved coffee and once said, “Without my morning coffee, I’m just like a dried-up piece of roast goat.”

One day, a bear cub finds something strange in the forest.” Use this line from the book’s blurb as the starting point for your own story. Author Guy Bass introduces SCRAP, about one robot who tried to protect the humans on his planet against an army of robots. Now the humans need his...

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The bear's piano playing makes him a huge star, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. Could it be that money and celebrity are not everything? A 3 to 4 week unit using David Litchfield's beautiful picture book 'The Bear and the Piano'. We taught in Year 2 but I am sure it can be adapted for other year groups. It wouldn't let me upload any more files so just to say in the last week we then went on to write our own versions of the story, which the kids loved; we had a skateboarding bunny and a cello playing owl. Families can talk about music. What kind of music do you like? Why do you think all the bears and people in the city like music and gather to listen? This story is a great sample of all thoughts and feelings I have inside my heart. It gave me trust again to believe in my own thoughts and feelings I have no one to share with. The Bear and the Piano animation score includes some well-known piano pieces written over the last 400 years alongside Daniel Whibley’s original music. Watch the trailer below:

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