Mr. Brown gives the impression that he prefers to be by himself. Armed with his white top hat, he spends his time taking long walks – alone. Deep down, however, this bear is quite lonely. When a woodpecker decides to build its nest in his hat, Mr. Brown grows angry. Other birds join the woodpecker, and the hat expands to make room for them.
This unique story illustrates the importance of companionship. Mr. Brown believes he is self-sufficient and has trouble relating to others. His unwanted visitors teach him that friendship is worth sacrificing some privacy and quiet. Like his hat, Mr. Brown’s heart expands as he acquires new “roommates”. Ayano Imai’s drawings are full of soft colors that accentuate both the bear’s timid personality and the gentle presence of his feathered friends.
A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is a full-time wife and mother living in Ridgewood, NJ.