Snow Bear by Piers Harper, published by Macmillan Children's
The first time our daughter explored this book she was just a few months old. At that time, it was the soft to touch illustrations that she found most interesting - with each character depicted in a snow white felt.
Now, more than two years later, it's the sweet story and icy world of the little polar bear that she most enjoys.
Little snow bear is at first delighted to leave his den and explore the world around him, playing all afternoon in the water with a friendly seal. As time passes, he edges further away from home, despite his mother asking him to stay close by.
Just as he starts to become fearful, a friendly reindeer helps him out of a gloomy forest. As he becomes hungry, a small Inuit girl gives him a hearty fish supper and then takes him home on her sleigh.
His mother is relieved to see him back and explains that she'd been worried. The little bear has experienced the wonder of the world, and learned what it means to be lost, deciding that home is the best place of all.
Snow Bear delivers a gentle and reassuringly familiar story depicting the fun and excitement of a child's yearning for exploration, their testing of boundaries (in this case the literal one of the water's edge) and the relief of returning home when faced with too much adversity.