Oddly, this is my second bear/duck friendship book of the day. But this was so much more. This would be good for a bedtime story time. Or a bear one.Oddly, this is my second bear/duck friendship book of the day. But this was so much more. This would be good for a bedtime story time. Or a bear one. Or a duck one. Or a hibernation one. ...more
Chengdu is a panda bear. And it is night time and Chengdu and all the panda bears should be sleeping in their bamboo grove…only Chengdu can’t sleep. CChengdu is a panda bear. And it is night time and Chengdu and all the panda bears should be sleeping in their bamboo grove…only Chengdu can’t sleep. Chengdu does all sorts of things to try to get to sleep. He tossed and he turned but he just couldn’t get comfortable enough to get to sleep. Eventually he climbed up higher and higher until he found the perfect place to sleep…on top of his brother. Who then couldn’t sleep.
This is such a fun story about a simple concept that every little one can relate to. The illustrations are all black and white with a calm green of the bamboo shoots and leaves. With the dark sky and the black and white of the panda bears each page looks like a piece of panda bear artwork. And there is so much to read in the expressions of Chengdu’s eyes. All in all even though this is a simple story about trying to get to sleep, there is quite a bit that youngsters will take away from the story…and then they will want to read it again....more
This is a sweet story about the love that a mama polar bear has for her cub. Each page has a little bit of text that rhymes with the page after (or beThis is a sweet story about the love that a mama polar bear has for her cub. Each page has a little bit of text that rhymes with the page after (or before) about how this mama bear loves her cub…forever. The illustrations are cute with the little one looking like a sweet cub ready for a cuddle. And a few pages have shiny foil-like bits that enhance the illustrations. Little ones will be please to see the shiny bits show up on the pages (as either the moon, water, snow drifts or the like). Basically, this is one of those calming stories that would be perfect to read to kids before they sleep and dream of the “forever” love of polar bears....more
A bear who was from the woods went for a walk. Unfortunately for the bear he got a little lost–in fact he ended up wandering all the way into the bigA bear who was from the woods went for a walk. Unfortunately for the bear he got a little lost–in fact he ended up wandering all the way into the big city next to his forest home. The city was bright, noisy, and just too busy for the bear to handle. In order to get away from the hustle and bustle he went into a building and ended up going up an elevator and into a fancy apartment. The bear wanted to take a little break from the city, so he stayed in the apartment. First he tried to eat some porridge, but only one was okay enough to eat. Then he tried to sit on some chairs, but only one was comfortable…and he broke that one. Then he tried to take a nap, but only one bed was worth sleeping in. Eventually the family who lived in the apartment came back. They were dismayed that their house had been disturbed…and that the one who disrupted the abode was sleeping in the little boy’s bed. However, unlike the traditional story, this one did not have the sleeping bear run away as soon as the family woke him up…because the mother of the family was none other than Goldilocks. She and the bear (who turned out to be Baby Bear) had a good chat before Baby Bear went back to his home in the woods.
This is a funny story for those who know the original story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Young readers will especially like the different types of “porridge” and “chairs” (a goldfish bowl/ cat food or cactus/cat respectively) that Baby Bear tends to try. The illustrations are also very colorful and bright. With such fun expressions on Baby Bear, Goldilocks and her family kids will enjoy reading this silly spoof of a classic fairy tale....more
Baby Bear is wondering “who woke me?” It turns into a conversation about what is around Baby Bear. One woodpecker that hunts for food. Three beavers bBaby Bear is wondering “who woke me?” It turns into a conversation about what is around Baby Bear. One woodpecker that hunts for food. Three beavers building. Seven bees “storing up honey before winter comes.” Over and over Baby Bear not only learns about the animals (and some snowflakes) that live around Baby Bear’s home, but Baby Bear is also counting from one to ten.
This is another sweet story that goes along with Baby Bear. On one page Baby Bear asks about some sound or observation that he makes. Then on the next page Baby Bear and the reader are invited to count the specific number of animals (or snowflakes at the end). However, not all of the pages are easy to count. When “Baby Bear counts 8″ on a page with frogs. One of the frogs is in shadow…which is very different from all the other frogs. It took my kiddo a while to figure out that you also count the dark shadow-like image as one of the frogs. On other pages you might see part of a deer or turkey–which is understandable. Little kids don’t need to see (nor should they really expect) a realistic picture that has animals lined up in a row so all the animals look the same and are ready to count. Instead the way the pictures are done kids get a glimpse of what Baby Bear might see, which is a snapshot of different animals in various positions (and not completely showing all of each animal). However, the fact that the one frog looked like a hoping shadow instead of similar to the rest of the frogs really threw my kiddos (and the grown-up I watched read the story to them). But all-in-all this is another fun counting book that shows all sorts of things a young bear might see before it is time to hibernate. A good story to calm someone down before bedtime....more
A bear is in bed sleeping. But there is a knock on the door. The big bear isn’t sure what could be knocking at the door so automatically calls, “Who’sA bear is in bed sleeping. But there is a knock on the door. The big bear isn’t sure what could be knocking at the door so automatically calls, “Who’s there?” But there are a few crazy responses leading the bear to believe that some sort of monster (a ghost, an ogre, a were wolf, or a witch) are waiting outside. The bear resolves to not open the door…until he hears his friend telling him to open up. Once the bear opens the door it is revealed that the friend has indeed brought many monster friends with him to the bears house for dinner.
This is a funny story. Mostly because of the crazy monsters really being there at the end of the story. However, some youngsters that I read this book to thought that there should be more of a joke after each exchange of “knock! knock!” (Although they did like the “joke” that the monsters really were there at the end.) But why in the world would they all be coming for dinner when the bear was obviously in bed sleeping? I guess monsters keep late hours. For the youngsters who are afraid of monsters, this is a good book because the small bear is the one that has all the monster friends. And the big bear is the one that hides all over the place. Also, there really isn’t anything all that scary. So it feels like a good monster book without the major scare-factors that often come with them. So, if kiddos are looking for a good Halloween book that isn’t the typical Halloween book (and therefore probably not checked out the Monday before Halloween), this might be the Halloween monster book for you....more
A bear, a moose, and a beaver decide to go canoeing. Trouble is they all disagree about who is going to do what part of the canoeing. So they end up cA bear, a moose, and a beaver decide to go canoeing. Trouble is they all disagree about who is going to do what part of the canoeing. So they end up capsizing, going in circles, and doing everything else that they shouldn’t do. Eventually they figure out just what they need to do in order to move forward. But they forget to pay attention to where they are going. And often rivers where you canoe tend to have “wild white-water rapids.” All three friends have different strategies for dealing with the rapids, which leaves them stranded on a rock in the middle of the river. Now they have to figure out how to save themselves from being on the rock. Moose wants to “burn the canoe to make a signal fire.” Bear wants to “throw the beaver to the shore to get help.” Beaver wants to swim to shore. Eventually they realize they could work together to paddle through the rapids and make it to shore. Where they eventually walk home instead of going on the river again.
This is a fun story. I love the spunky personalities of the three friends. I love the browns, blacks, greens, and blues of the book–only off set by the red canoe and the random bird that is never mentioned but who shows up in most of the illustrations. (Even in the last one with a canoe paddle.) Kids will enjoy reading about these crazy and unlikely friends who finally learn the lesson about working together to get through a crisis. And the small size of the picture book will help the little youngsters feel confident in holding the book and looking at it themselves....more
I never thought a book about a teddy bear could make me sad. But this did. It was sad in the same way that Toy Story 3 was sad...but I didn't have theI never thought a book about a teddy bear could make me sad. But this did. It was sad in the same way that Toy Story 3 was sad...but I didn't have the feel-good-feeling that went along with the sad. Just an "oh!" ...more