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Bear in Love by Daniel Pinkwater
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Aug 14, 2012

really liked it

This is a lovely story of how Bear and Bunny became friends. One morning Bear found a carrot just outside his cave, and happy with the new flavor he started singing. The next morning he found two other carrots and so for; then he started leaving his own favorite foods for his mysterious good friend. When they finally meet face to face, Bear and Bunny thank each other for the gifts and become friends. The illustrations are made in mixed media. The colour palette is mostly in light blues, greens and greys with soft touches of reds and oranges. This colour selection in combination with the light lines used for the backgrounds gives the book a very soft and sweet look that match this gentle story of friendship. All but three spreads show only Bear; consequently, Bear is developed through body language and expressions throughout the book. However, Bunny’s character is developed through his gifts. The reader knows or strongly suspects that the invisible character is a bunny because the first couple of gifts are carrots, but the reader is not really sure until Bunny appears at last hidden behind some bushes on the left side of the third to last spread. This book makes a good read out loud as there are also various songs to sing for children three and up.

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