Daniel Salmieri’s Bear and Wolf

h1 December 4th, 2018 by jules

“When Bear got closer, she could see it was a young wolf. …”
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Here’s a book I had wanted to write about earlier this year but didn’t get around to. Daniel Salmieri’s Bear and Wolf was released in February (Enchanted Lion), back when it was snowy. But now things have come full-circle, as they do, and it’s snowy again, so what better time than now to take a peek at the beautiful art? You will also see below in this post a video in which Daniel talks about the creation of the book — I am always a sucker for listening to artists talk about their craft — and I love what he says about how, to him, the story is about “being present and experiencing life fully. It’s about a shared understanding with your friend where not a lot needs to be said.” You can hear and see more in the video below, including Salmieri’s snow talk.



If you’re not familiar with this one, it’s Salmieri’s debut as author-illustrator. (He is best known for his illustrations for the perma-bestselling Dragons Love Tacos.) In the New York Times, Maria Russo described Bear and Wolf as a “stunning, serene and philosophical book.” She adds:

Nothing much happens: Sometimes, peaceful companionship and a mutual appreciation of beauty are more than enough.

And that pretty much nails it. So, I’ll stop talking — and we’ll look at the wonderful art (and video).


“High up above the trees, Bird was gliding through the sky …”
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“The snow was slowing as they came to a great clearing in the woods. …”
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“Bear spent the winter deep in a cave with her family …”
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“The snow melted, the grass and leaves grew again,
and birds sang in the tops of trees. …”
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Please note: If, by chance, you cannot hear the audio of this video — there currently seems to be an issue with Chrome playing audio in embedded videos on some machines — you can view the video at this link.

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BEAR AND WOLF. Copyright © 2018 by Daniel Salmieri. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Enchanted Lion Books, Brooklyn.

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