Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
The ninja, the cowboy and the bear do everything together --- they paint pictures, compare cloud shapes in the sky, fly kites and much more. Though each friend is very different from one another, they enjoy each other's company. Until one day when they begin quarreling and compete to see which one is the best. The bear can pile up rocks the highest. The cowboy can collect the most raspberries. The ninja can catch the most rabbits. When each contest leads to more resentment, it seems the friends will never stop disagreeing. Only when they learn to be considerate of their differences do they finally realize how much they appreciate each other.
The cute, yet stylized artwork combined with a fun story about friendship and celebrating differences make this legend an unforgettable one.
This playfully illustrated picture book also includes instructions for the Ninja-Cowboy-Bear game, which is similar to Rock Paper Scissors except that kids use their whole body.
About the authors
David Bruins lives in Dundas, Ontario, and spends most of his days as a computer programmer. However, he`d much rather spend his time riding his bicycle, playing guitar or telling stories to anyone who will listen.
Hilary Leung est auteur, graphiste, illustrateur, joueur d'ultimate et papa. Il est le co-créateur des livres de la série Ninja, cow-boy et ours présentent. Hilary habite à Toronto avec sa famille.
Hilary Leung is a Toronto-based designer and illustrator. Several years ago, Hilary self-published his first picture book, The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear. More recently he's worked on projects for Story Planet, a nonprofit organization that encourages young people to create and tell their stories. When not creating, Hilary can be found at home playing with his two awesome children. You can find out more about Hilary at hilaryleung.com.
- Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
In all it's a wonderfully integrated package about friendship, competition and the celebration of difference.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review