Bird, Balloon, Bear is a story about finding the courage to make a friend written and illustrated by Il Sung Na.
It starts out with Bird moving to a new forest and meet Bear. Wanting to be his friend Bird pushes through his shyness and musters up the courage to talk to Bear but it’s too late, he already has another friend.
Distraught Bird watches on as Bear and Balloon have lots of fun while they play, dance, and watch the sunset together.
Everything seems to be going well until one day the wind is blowing especially hard and blows Balloon away. Bird leaps into action and flies as hard and fast as he can catch the balloon, but it’s too late.
Bear and Bird look on at what is left of Balloon, and Bear finally introduces himself to Bird, and Bird now has the courage to introduce himself back. After that, they play, dance, and watch the sunset together.
This story is a light-hearted way to help kids address shyness when it comes to making new friends. By watching Bird work through his shyness children can see that it is not hard to talk to and make new friends.