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Bear and Wolf
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They're young and curious, slipping easily into friendship as they amble along together, seeing new details in the snowy forest. Together they spy an owl overhead, look deep into the frozen face of the lake, and contemplate the fish sleeping below the surface. Then it's time to say goodbye: for Bear to go home and hibernate with the family and for Wolf to run with the pack. Daniel Salmieri's debut as author/illustrator is a beautifully rendered story of friendship and the subtle rhythm of life when we are open to the world and to each other.
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About the Author

Daniel Salmieri grew up drawing ninja turtles, fighter jets and 90s Knicks players. He has since gone on to create illustrations for award-winning children's books and the New York Times. Daniel lives with his wife Sophia and their dog Ronni in Brooklyn, NY, where he was born and raised. His book with author Adam Rubin, Dragons Love Tacos, is a New York Times best-selling phenomenon, was an Indies Next selection, and a New York Times notable book. His debut book as an author/illustrator, Bear and Wolf, publishes in February from Enchanted Lion Books.

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"In a testament to Ana�s Nin's observation that 'it is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar, ' Bear and Wolf meet each other not with frightened hostility but with openhearted, compassionate curiosity. Their encounter is a shared question mark regarded with mutual goodwill and concern for, rather than fear of, the other."--Maria Popova, Brain Pickings "stunning, serene and philosophical"--Maria Russo, The New York Times Book Review "In a satisfying conclusion, Salmieri trades the chilly colors of winter for springtime pastels as Wolf and Bear meet again: "Bear and Wolf walked through the gentle breeze, using their eyes, and ears, and noses to take in the awakening woods.""--Publishers Weekly Winter 2017 - 2018 Kids Indie Next Pick! "Bear and Wolf is a quiet, meditative walk through a snowy forest with two friends who have in common a love of cold and silence. Salmieri's expressive illustrations lend an air of mystery and warmth to this spellbinding wintry stroll." --Hannah DeCamp, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA "Hushed and lovely, this is a picture book to calm and inspire."--Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal In Bear and Wolf (Enchanted Lion, 48 pages, $17.95), two wild animals meet one night in a snowy forest. In Daniel Salmieri's illustrations, there is a sense of apprehension, even menace, as we see an approaching stranger at a distance, first from the bear's perspective and then from the wolf's. When the two draw near, their amber eyes are narrowed as each takes in the other's appearance. The colors are muted and soft in these gouache, watercolor and colored-pencil pictures, but the creatures' fur looks sharp and blown-back; we assume that these are dangerous animals. "Are you lost?" the bear asks. The wolf replies, "I'm not lost, are you?" And suddenly we realize that there is no risk, nothing to fear, only an unexpected and peaceful encounter between new acquaintances who decide to walk together for a time, "using their eyes, and ears, and noses to take in the snowy woods." Hushed and lovely, this is a picture book to calm and inspire.--Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal STARRED REVIEW. A bear and a wolf share a wintertime idyll. In the first double-page spread, readers look over the top of Bear's head to a doglike figure in the middle distance, bare trees receding into the distance on either side to create depth. The following spread repeats the image, only from behind Wolf's pointy-eared head. Bear explains that she is "out for a walk to feel the cold on my face, and to enjoy the quiet of the woods when it snows." Likewise, Wolf is "out for a walk to feel the cold under my paws, and to listen to the crunching of the snow as I walk." The two walk together, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the forest in winter, all evoked in quietly powerful sensory language. Readers who have met Salmieri through his illustrations for Adam Rubin's hectic Dragons Love Tacos books may be surprised at the contemplative nature of this one. The use of gouache, watercolor, and crushed colored pencil gives his paintings a lovely soft texture, while the steady verticality of the trees and the consistent placement of text in a strip at the bottom of each spread lend them a feeling of calm serenity. The addition of pinks and purples to the grays and blues of a winter night chase away the bone-chilling cold. With its air of nighttime mystery, this is one that readers will want to revisit again and again. --Kirkus Reviews

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