Kazue Takahashi is an illustrator and a children's book author.
"This is the antidote for your overscheduled, hurried and harried
child. The narrator imagines that the bear does such strenuous
activities as daydreaming, taking a nap, gazing at his nail
clippings, listening to the rain, and writing a long letter to a
friend. (I love how Takahashi specifies that is it long.) See? We
all, children included, need days like this, and the very young
readers for which this story is geared--it'd be great for emerging
readers, in particular--will get the joy of such activities."
--Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews "The lone bear is a hero
for all introverted, self-entertaining children." --Thu-Huong Ha,
"The simplicity of the storyline and illustrations makes it easy for young readers, and also invites parents and children to dive deeper and create their own dialogue and inquisitions." --Heather Wilson Tomoyasu, JQ magazine
"Just now in New York, I bought a fantastic little book, Kuma-Kuma Chan, The Little Bear, by Kazue Takahashi. Amazing what illustration can do. Hard to explain why I find this so moving. These incredibly simple little drawings are alive. The bear has a soul. You open the book and look into a small but totally convincing world. Lovely." --Lisbeth Zwerger and Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews
"The simplistically charming text and illustrations evoke a meditative feeling of the story." --Emma Abler, Omni Libros