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The Big House and the Little House


Levine Querido c/o Chronicle Books
Available: 04/13/21
8.7 x 9.7 · 48 pages
Ages 4-7 years
CDN $26.99 · cl

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Yoshi Ueno

illustrated by Emiko Fujishima

Little Mouse and Big Bear live on opposite ends of the same road, and they both would like a friend. But every morning, Little Mouse and Big Bear pass by each other, unnoticed. Until one day, their eyes meet!

It's a little awkward at firs-as most new friendships can be-but soon enough they're sipping warm tea together in Big Bear's cozy home, and making plans to meet again the following Sunday.

When a nasty storm blows into town will it wreck everything they've built?

This tale of friendship and bravery will warm your heart like a cookie and a warm drink shared with a friend.

Yoshi Ueno was born in Tokyo and graduated from Chuo University. After working as a children's book editor for more than 40 years, he turned to writing children's books. His books include: the Wampaku-dan (Naughty Three Kids) series, Akamaru-chan to Kuromaru-chan ( Red Dot and Black Dot ), Ton Ton Ton ( Knock, Knock, Knock ), and Futago no Donguri ( Twin Acorns ). He enjoys happy moments of watching Akira Kurosawa movies while his black cat rests on his knees, and loves to hike and play tennis. Yoshi is currently a director of the Japan Children's Writers Association.

Emiko Fujishima was born in the Akita prefecture of Japan and graduated from Kyoto Seika University, Faculty of Arts, with a major in Design. In 2006, her work was selected for Bologna Children's Book Fair, Illustrators Exhibition. Works she has illustrated include the Barber Luna series from KAISEI-SHA Co., Ltd. Emiko works as a part-time teacher of picture book making and manga at an art school. She lives in the Akita prefecture with a cat, surrounded by rice fields and rich nature, and loves to take walks in the fields and mountains.