Author: Ryo Kisaka
Illustrator: Aya Sato
Specifications: ISBN  978-4033136103
79 pages
18.6 x 21.2 cm / 7.4 x 8.5 in (WxH)
Category: Children & YA
Ages: 7+
Publisher: Kaisei-sha Publishing Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2010
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Grandpa Bear likes living alone, but when a young mouse wanders into his home they become friends. Though Mouse is still a child, Grandpa Bear doesn't treat him like one; he talks to him exactly the way he would talk to an adult, and this makes Mouse feel all grown up. The two deepen their friendship and trust through a variety of events, from Mouse's first sleepover, to the first time Grandpa Bear asks him to watch the house while he's away, and so forth. The story in effect depicts Mouse coming of age, and shows the adult Grandpa Bear opening up in new ways as well.

"Do you remember the day we became friends, Grandpa Bear?"

"Of course I do."

"I got lost in the woods."

"That's right, you got lost, and your mother came looking for you."

"She asked if you'd seen her little boy."

Young readers learn that caring grown-ups other than their mothers and fathers can play an important role in their lives. (Hico Tanaka)