Posted tagged ‘Bears’

Get Ready to Turn these Pages

September 14, 2017

 

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If you’re looking for a book to get your toddler/preschooler moving, take a look at Lucy Cousins’ picture book, Hooray for Birds. This book is filled with bold, bright colors and invites the child to imagine he/she is a bird and do what the birds do. The fast–paced rhymes begin with a “Cock-a-doodle-doo!” in the morning and continue throughout the day until it’s time to say good night. Don’t be surprised if your little one insists you read the book again and again, and you’ll oblige because this book is fun for everyone!

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Bird, Balloon, Bear written and illustrated by Il Sung Na is quite the opposite of Hooray for Birds. This is a gentle story about finding the courage to make a new friend. The text is spare and the illustrations in the book are muted and soft with a fun double page spread. What makes this book special is it lends itself to cuddling together as you turn the pages to reveal how a friendship blossoms.

These two books are looking for a space in your library.

 

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If I Weren’t With You

June 22, 2017

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If you’re looking for a delightful book to cuddle up with your youngster and read, I have one for you. If I Weren’t With You is written by Rosie J. Pova and illustrated by Philip Martineau. It’s a gentle story of a Mama Bear and her love for her inquisitive Bear Cub. On their walk through the forest, Bear Cub wants to know what Mama Bear would do if he had never been born, if he got lost, if a hunter took him, or if they got caught in a thunderstorm. After each question, Mama Bear reassures Bear Cub that she will always be there for him. Philip Martineau’s colorful illustrations depict the two bears in natural surroundings, and Rosie Pova’s lyrical text conveys the unique bond between mother and child. The combination of words and pictures offers a wonderful opportunity to snuggle up together and read.

Watch Out for Bears!

April 28, 2016

We live in a woodsy neighborhood with a conservation area behind us. While talking to one of the neighbors last week, the subject of bears came up. He mentioned that he saw bear tracks going in between our houses and into the conservation area. I appreciate wildlife, but knowing there may be a bear lurking outside my window makes me a bit uncomfortable I like to be prepared for anything that might happen. I did what any lover of picture books would do. I got A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting.

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This charming book with delightful illustrations is written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by David Roberts. In between the two covers of the book, I learned everything I need to know about bears from the cutest little bear expert. She taught me that black bears and brown bears can be dangerous. I learned that if I come across a bear, I should “play dead” or “back away s l o w l y,” depending on what kind of bear it is. She gave me tips on what I should or should not do when a bear is around. I also learned the golden rule about bear spotting. If you want to know what it is, you need to get this book to make sure you’re safe if you ever come face to face with a bear.

Don’t mess with me bears. I come prepared!

MOTHER BRUCE Is Funny!

January 28, 2016

Ryan T. Higgins the author/illustrator of Mother Bruce is a funny guy! This picture book, published by Disney-Hyperion, is laugh-out-loud hilarious!

Bruce is a grumpy bear who lives by himself. He doesn’t like much of anything except eggs. He whips eggs into gourmet recipes he finds on the internet. While preparing a new recipe with goose eggs, the eggs hatch into four cute little goslings. “Mama!” they say to Bruce. Bruce wants nothing to do with them and tries to return them to Mrs. Goose. Alas, she has flown south. The goslings are attached to Bruce. He tries to shoo them away, but they won’t have it. Like it or not, Bruce becomes their surrogate mother. Bruce uses his ingenuity to try to get them to leave, but nothing works. He is stuck with them as they grow from babies to teens to adults. Will he ever be rid of them? Higgins’ illustrations are delightfully funny. Each page turn offers a colorful variety of illustrations with clever lines and dialogue bubbles that kids and adults will love. If you’re a grump, Mother Bruce will make it all better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story Behind the Story

March 5, 2015

A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories have always been a big hit in our home. When my daughter was young, one of her favorite stuffed animals was Pooh Bear. As an adult, she still has a soft place in her heart for Pooh and his stories.

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At her wedding, guests were seated at tables that displayed quotes from A. A. Milne’s books.

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At the dessert table, Tigger had his say.

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My daughter continues to collect Pooh items.

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On a recent visit to the New York Public Library, she was able to see Christopher Robin’s treasures. She was ecstatic.

So when I found a newly published book about Winnie-the-Pooh, I knew I had to get it for my daughter’s collection.

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Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh written by Sally M. Walker and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss is a heartwarming story about a soldier, a bear cub, and how that cub became famous. It’s the story behind the story.

Harry Colebourn, a soldier in training during World War I, saw a man selling an orphaned bear cub at a train station. As an army veterinarian, Harry knew he could take care of her so he gave the man the money and named her Winnipeg after his company’s hometown in Canada.  “Winnie” became the company’s mascot. When Harry was shipped overseas to England, he took Winnie with him. After he was given orders to care for wounded horses on the battlefield in France, Harry knew it was too dangerous to take Winnie so he contacted the London Zoo. They happily gave Winnie a home with the other cubs in a new area built just for bears. After the war ended and it was time for Harry to return home, he realized Winnie belonged at the zoo and not with him. They sadly parted. Winnie was a gentle and well-loved bear. Youngsters rode on her back and fed her milk. One of Winnie’s friends was a boy named Christopher Robin. He was so fascinated by her, he changed his stuffed bear’s name to Winnie-the-Pooh. Christopher Robin’s father, A. A. Milne, made up stories about Winnie and Christopher. Those stories were turned into books we all know and love.

Voss’s realistic illustrations are done in muted tones. They depict army life and comical scenes with Winnie that add to the warmth of Walker’s story. There is back matter that includes an author’s note providing additional biographical information about Harry Colebourn, Winnie, and A. A. Milne’s books. If you like interesting end pages, this book has a treat for you. There are pictures of Harry Colebourn, Winnie, A. A. Milne with Christopher Robin holding Winnie-the-Pooh, and more. Beneath each picture is an explanatory caption.

That’s the story behind the story. If you’re a Winnie-the-Pooh enthusiast, I recommend this book.

Picture Book Month: It’s a Bear!

November 15, 2012

I was pawing through some books when I came across one of my all-time favorite bear books, Winnie-The-Pooh, written by A.A. Milne and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. I hold this book close to my heart. It has charming characters and many pearls of wisdom. If you’ve never read it, do it!

I can “bearly” contain my excitement when it comes to a good bear book. Bear Snores On, a winner of multiple awards, is one of them. It was written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman. This book deserves a big bear hug! Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books in 2002, this delightful story is told in rhyme. As the bear snores on, little critters sneak into the bear’s cave. Each brings something to share, and soon they’re having a great time as the bear snores on. When the bear is awakened, he grumbles and growls then whimpers and moans because he missed the party. The critters are more than happy to share. As a new day dawns, the bear is wide awake, but his new-found friends snore on. Jane Chapman used whites and blues to depict the outside scenes. Scenes inside the cave are done in earth tones, giving an otherwise cold, dark cave a warm feeling – just like the book!

Another bear book I’d like to roar about is Baby Bear Sees Blue written and illustrated by Ashley Wolff. This charming book was published in February of this year by Beach Lane Books. Wolff does an excellent job of portraying Mama Bear and Baby Bear as loveable creatures. Each page turn shows Baby Bear discovering different signs and colors found in nature. The illustration of Mama Bear and Baby Bear admiring a rainbow is sweet, but I adore the double spread of Baby Bear and the butterflies! This is a perfect book to introduce and reinforce colors while enjoying a romp through nature with Mama Bear and Baby Bear. Four paws up for this one!


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