The bear is tired of being alone. He yearns to have a child, but does not know what to do. So he starts wandering around asking everybody what he has to do to become a father. The rabbit tells him that children grow on the field like turnips. The magpie advises him to lay an egg and hatch it. The salmon tells him the old story about the stork who brings the children. In the end the poor bear is totally confused. But then he meets a female bear who seems to feel what he is longing for. Side by side they walk into the high grass.

A lovely picture book which makes young children ask crucial questions and which helps to find suitable answers. And a wonderful present for expectant mothers and fathers.

by Wolf Erlbruch


  • Winner of the German Children’s Literature Award

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 21.5 x 30 cm | 1992 | 3+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Czech, Dutch, English, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

[original title: Das Bärenwunder]