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Old Bear and His Cub (Old Bear and Little Cub #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  282 ratings  ·  74 reviews
From the creator of the Gossie and Gertie books comes a playful and charming twist on the relationship between children and the adults who care for them.

Old Bear loves Little Cub with all his heart. He makes sure that Little Cub eats all his porridge, takes a nap during their snowy walk, and wraps his red scarf tightly around his ears. Little Cub doesn't want to be told w...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 11th 2010 by Philomel
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A cute story, if slightly too repetitive for my taste, about an old bear and his little cub and how much they love one another. Both are a tad stubborn. Little Cub wants to do lots of fun things--but they are dangerous and Old Bear won't allow it. Because he loves Old Bear, Little Cub stops. But the caring goes both ways, and when Old Bear catches a cold and doesn't want to take care of himself, Little Cub is the one to admonish and nurture. The illustrations are adorable. This could be especial...more
Old Bear and Little Cub live together. Old Bear loves Little Cub with all his heart, and Little Cub loves Old Bear with all of his heart. Old Bear makes sure that Little Cub eats all of his porridge, wears his scarf in the snow, doesn’t get hurt, and takes his nap. But when Old Bear catches a cold from not wearing a scarf himself, it is Little Cub that knows exactly what Old Bear needs to feel better. This is a delight of a book that will have children laughing as the roles reverse between the a...more
Judy Desetti

Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010:

Beautiful wintery illustrations are the perfect background for Old Bear and His Cub. Old Bear and Little Cub love each other with all of their hearts, and their day together revolves around Old Bear ensuring that Little Cub does things that will keep him safe and healthy, like eating his porridge and staying off the rocks. Children will relate to Little Cub’s attempts at independence, while parents will appreciate that Little Cub accepts Old Bear’s...more
Mar 10, 2011 Candice rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A sweet and bearutifully illustrated story about an older bear and his feisty little cub. When Old Bear tells Little Cub to eat his porridge, tie his scarf tight or be careful not to fall from the cliff upon which he has climbed, Little Cub replies, "I won't" but Old Bear stares him into compliance. "Old Bear loved his Little Cub with all his heart. Little Cub loved Old Bear with all his heart." And despite the contrariness, you can see that this is true. On their walk through the winter snows,...more
Because I love A Christmas Tree for Pyn so much, I was excited to read this when I saw it in the bookstore. I didn't love this one. It wasn't bad, just a little too much repetition of some phrases, and not much story. It would be great for father-child sharing at bedtime, though.
Rosa Cline
May 18, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rosa by: Dolly Parton Imagination Library
This was our monthly book from our Dolly Parton Imagination Library monthly club. This is the first book we've received in the 2 years we've been getting books that I didn't like the book that was sent. I may 'warm' up to it after I read it several times, but the first time reading I did not like it. I does have 'potential' to be good...but throughout the book the little cub tells his old bear (grandpa I guess) that he will not do whatever it is that Grandpa tells him to do. This happens through...more
Love that caring is a two-way street here, and that the little cub is allowed to know best sometimes. Also appreciate that there is no yelling or arguing or explaining or cajoling or bargaining, just a little bit of "staring hard."
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I have become a fan of Old Bear and Little Cub
This story brings together the love between a Old Bear and a Little Cub. Both characters are stubborn but love each other so much that it doesn't get in their way. Old Bear is guiding Little Cub through out the day, correcting negative behaviours or actions. Little Cub finds this slightly hard to swallow but usually comes around. Love between the two bears is constantly displayed through out this adorable story. The illustrations are attractive and invite the audience along with the story.
Old Bear and Little Cub love each other. They always try to take care of each other, even though they argue sometimes. Old Bear tries to keep Little Cub safe during a winter hike. Little Cub tries to help Old Bear get well during a cold. The features a repetitive exchange between the two characters that children can anticipate. The book runs a little long. Also, it doesn't make sense for the bears to be out in the woods during a winter snow storm, instead of hibernating.
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Feb 17, 2012 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Margaret by: Tipton County Books from Birth
My edition is a Dolly Parton's Imagination Library paperback.

I have fallen in love with the gosling books from Olivier Dunrea, or rather our entire family has (the Enginerd included!). So when our latest Dolly Parton's Imagination Library book for AppleBlossom arrived and it was a new-to-me book from Olivier Dunrea I was delighted. A snow and scarf filled story perfect for this winter time of year. Old Bear And His Cub is another wonderful example of the interactions between caretaker and child...more
Adorable, like all of Dunrea's books for children. Old Bear spends the day gently correcting Cub's idea of how things will go, emphasizing that some things he doesn't want to do are good for him. But when Old Bear gets sick, the tables are turned as Cub insists that Old Bear get some rest and take care of himself. A great reminder that children are always watching and that sometimes the best teaching moments are when we are also learning.

Lovely illustrations and a quiet story of family love, thi...more
The repetitive text and structure of this story make it one of our favorites to read. Though it is a little lengthier than my 2-year-old normally will sit through, he loves listening to the back and forth exchange between old bear and his cub. This is just very sweet, simple, and heartwarming.
The story is simple, easy read. It's all very straightforward and the message of love and caring is powerful. The illustrations are gorgeous. I really enjoyed it and my kids seem to as well. They thought it was neat at the end how little cub helped Old Bear feel better and they snuggled in bed!
I adore this book! It captures such a fantastic relationship between a grandpa bear and his grand-cub, playful but caring, firm but loving. The best part is how the tables are turned at the end, and the cub cajoles the grandpa into going to bed and resting when he feels sick even though he doesn't want to. Great dialog for toddlers! Gorgeous but simple illustrations.
Sarah W
On the cover, an energetic cub wrapped in a red scarf leaps down into the waiting arms of whiskery Old Bear. Every morning begins with these two sitting down with porridge and Old Bear admonishing the cub to eat it all up. Party way through the story, the cub takes on the role of telling Old Bear what he should be doing to stay well. Old Bear is sent to bed, given tea and read to until he falls fast asleep.

In a story time, kids would have great fun carrying out Old Bear and cub's arguments. This...more
This became one of my favorite children's books. Recently published in 2010, the story captures the efforts of a little cub bear attempting to make his own choices, even though Old Bear always tells him what is best. For example, Little Cub and Old Bear go hiking through the woods and Little Cub climbs on top of the rocks. Old Bear is concerned he will fall. Little Cub says he won't, but at the end he listens and climbs down. Old Bear loves his Little Cub and the illustrations in the book even s...more
Elements of Bartholomew, Guess How Much I Love You?, Old Pig. Done very sweetly, lightly and simply. A story about love and the parent child relationship. Very reassuring for young ones. A snuggle on the sofa book.
Meg McGregor
This book is sweet and gentle and explores the close relationship between a Grandfather Bear and his Grandson. It will simply melt your heart!
This book was ok for me. My 3 year old's interested wasn't really captivated, but that sometimes happens with new books.

The illustrations were beautiful. The story got somewhat repetitious at times, but it is a kid's book and that is actually a good thing. I didn't like the misbehavior of Little Cub but I did like how he came around and obeyed...and then showed his love by helping Old Bear.

This is probably not a book that I would have picked out, but received from the Dolly Parton Imagination L...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Old Bear and his cub love each other though they don't always agree. Old Bear thinks he knows best, but sometimes so does his cub.

What I thought: A lovely book. I love the relationship that Old Bear and his cub share. The layout is great--excellent use of white space. As an illustrated character, I much prefer Old Bear. His whiskery countenance is so appealing. The illustrations are nice--I like the use of red as an accent color. My favorite illustration is Old bear and his cub outside their hou...more
Feb 07, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a touching story about two bears, one old and one young who spend the day together and care for one another. We gathered that the old bear was the little bear's grandfather and we enjoyed seeing a story where a grandparent/grandchild are featured in such a loving way. I thought it might generate questions from our girls regarding the whereabouts of the young bear's parents, but as they have always grown up with their grandmother in our house, it seemed perfectly natural to them. We reall...more
A quietly beautiful book about the love between Old Bear and his Little Cub. Old Bear stares down Little Cub when he doesn't want to eat his porridge, tie up his scarf, or climb down from a craggy ledge, but then the tables are turned as Little Cub cares for Old Bear, who develops a case of the sniffles. What child isn't familiar with "the look" from a parent or caregiver--the one that says louder than words "Do it!"? Soft illustrations are uncluttered allowing young listeners to focus in on cle...more
Karen Arendt
The beautiful illustrations in this story soften the tug of war that a bear and his cub have over every day things. Plenty of white space soften the edges to father bear, who looks so paternal with his beard. The little cub is adorable with his red scarf. Father bear tries to tell cub what to do; sometimes father bear wins and sometimes the cub wins. Throughout the story, however, it is clear that old bear and his cub love each other very much, as shown through the illustrations as well as the t...more
Oh. I loved this one.

That is really all I have to say. Could analyze the precious illustrations or talk about how cute it is that they take care of each other.

But I'm just going to say that I loved it and might have to add it to my personal collection just so I can look at it whenever I want.

PS It is a very simple story. Not a whole lot of action. But I didn't care and I don't think many kids will either. They like to know that parents and grandparents will always be around.
Maggie KutsBorg
Nice enough - but can we please stop perpetuating the myth of low body temperature causing illness? That said, I really like this series, especially the artwork: the background forest is very pretty and the expressive characters are endearing.
A charming tale of the love shared between old bear and his cub. When Old Bear tells little cub to do something....eat his porridge, take a nap...Little Cub argues. (My storytime audience smiled at every "No, I won't") When Old Bear comes down with a cold, the relationship takes and interesting turn, as Little Cub starts issuing the orders and Old Bear is the one to argue. The wonderful illustrations make this a wonderful storytime book.
A bit over-the-top in the cutesy factor, this repetitive book shows the love between a father/grandfather and his son/grandson. The Old Bear is always taking care of and looking after the Little Cub, even when the cub thinks he knows better. Little Cub can finally show his appreciation by taking care of Old Bear when he gets sick. While I wasn't a fan of the story, I absolutely loved the illustrations! Recommended for ages 1-6, 3 stars.
I love the concept of this book, but think the execution is a bit weird. It's a picture book, but reads like an easy reader, which I'm not overly fond of in picture books. If the text had been edited down and the language embellished some, it would be a perfect picture book- just lovely. Or if the physical format had been more easy reader, the repetition and extra lines would have been fine- but they bring the book down a notch as a read-aloud.
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Since his debut in 1983, author and illustrator Olivier Dunrea has created a steady stream of picture books, including concept books, stories of family life—modern and ancient—and stories about artists. Many of Dunrea's picture books testify to his love of animals and his interest in archaeology and folklore of the British Isles, and several—including Ravena, The Trow-Wife's Treasure, and Bear Noe...more
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