"A beautiful, unusual deceptively simple tale of two friends: a talking, dancing bear, Brown One; and the Bearman…Pen-and-ink illustrations are in harmony with the text and children of almost any age should be caught up in this deeply moving story."
— Library Journal, Starred Review
"A folktale, humble and profound, about a love which exists of and for itself, as a gentle counterpart to indifferent nature and endless time. This is a such a lovely book."
— Natalie Babbitt, The New York Times Book Review
"The power of good over evil is interpreted with touching simplicity and good humor."
"[A] beautiful and haunting account of a dancing bear traveling through a pre-modern European countryside with a loving companion known only as the Bearman...The sly reference to the rarity of true kindness is an early hint of the surprising and sometimes dark places this powerful parable will take us."
—The San Francisco Chronicle