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bread and honey

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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Ben paints a picture of his mother, with a little help from Owl, Rabbit, Alligator, Elephant, Lion, and Giraffe.
Published by Parents Magazine Press (first published 1982)
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Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good for communicating the concept of not always listening to others opinion-- how they could be wrong and you may have been right to begin with.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fun story to tell & draw - glad the actual book is available again.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben Bear wants freshly baked bread but it is too hot. He goes off to school with the promise of a slice with honey when he returns. He decides to make a drawing of his mother at school. On his way home, he shows it to his friends who each "suggest" improvements to it.

A cute story for kids. Mama is surprised at how she looks but with love in her heart keeps her promise to Ben. I enjoyed it. I figured the picture would change with each "improvement" but it was fun to read.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming story of a young bear and a mother’s unconditional love. One day in school Bear paints a picture of his mother. On the way home with it friends suggest ways to make it better, and Bear succumbs to peer pressure, and turns a great likeness of his mother into something...very different. His mother loves it anyway! Lovely, emotional illustrations and simple text.
Marcia Van Camp
We’ve read this so many times. Basically their bear tries to draw his mom and all the animals make suggestions on how to improve the painting. The final product is horrible and funny. His sweet mom loved it anyway.
Simple story for preschoolers. I just don't think I'm jiving with Asch on these bear books. ...more
easy reader - daily reading homework
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bears, flannels-to-do
Cute little story with too many babas wrt ART. Makes a GREAT flannel FYI
Hussein Samhat
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a mother will do...
This book is about a young bear who draws a picture of his mom at school and on the way home, he runs into several different animals that tell him he needs to change it to look more like them. His mother ends up loving the painting of her that he ends up with.
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Before story time begins, prepare cut-outs of the drawing and additions that appear in this story. I used brown craft paper and cut a simple outline of bear's drawing of his mother. I cut out large circles for the eyes from white paper and drew a black dot in them. Next I cut the circles smaller, keeping the outside cut-away rings to use later. I cut rabbit ears from the brown paper. I cut a sliver of a smile from pink paper and then a huge smile from yellow paper. I cut two pink circle to make ...more
Melinda Christensen
A cute story about children's innocent drawings and their mothers' reactions to them. Ben drew a picture of his mother at school. On the way home, he met his pet friends who critiqued his drawing for him. They felt he should enlarge the eyes, mouth, ears, etc, so by the time he got home, the picture oi his mother was extremely distorted and did not look a thing like her! She loved it anyway, and put it on the refrigerator. ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture, gsrp
I have shared this book with many age groups and get laughs every time. I really feel that the title doesn't represent what the book is about. This story is about creativity, friendship, and a mother's love and acceptance. I found this story in a flannel board form and recreated it. The script that went along with it was titled "Monkey Face". Today I used this flannelboard for our summer reading outdoor Family Story Time with our theme of Friendly Monsters and Lights. Again this story was well r ...more
Ben the bear paints a picture of his mother at school. On the way home everyone he meets advises him how to improve it. Owl says the eyes should be bigger. Alligator says the mouth should be bigger. Rabbit says the ears...well, you get the idea.

Great story but personally I'm not all that inspired by Frank Asch's childlike drawings. The story starts and ends with bread and honey but otherwise there's no justification for the title.
Heather Torgersen
I can't help but give this story 5 stars since it's one of the few I remember from my childhood, but it's such a great book! This is a great book that reminds children that mom will love their artwork no matter, because it's theirs! It reminds me of an early version of the book Ish :) ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 4-year-olds
May be more like 4.5 stars but rounding up because the story does an excellent job of teaching some pretty profound ideas to young kids. Definitely a book to discuss after reading it to the little ones.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is cute, and the message about trying to please everyone is a good one, but Bear is supposed to be simply Bear. NOT Ben. Giving Bear a name takes him out of the realm of universal. That cost this book a star.
Samantha Penrose
Jun 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
This book will teach you some animal names, dominant physical traits of those animals (big eyes, long neck, etc)and most importantly, that mommy loves you (and the things you do)just the way you are!
I have owned this book since I was a child, and have read it to all three of my own children.
Liz Todd
Mama loves it just the way it is.

Could be an interesting visualizing story.. kids could picture what the bear face would look like with each addition and then reveal page by page.
Jamie Nicole
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite books as a kid! It shows how good art is interpreted differently by different "people" and mom will love it no matter what because you made it and tried your best! ...more
Karen Arendt
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Perfect story for realizing that your best is just perfect for mom.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Exactly what you'd expect a good mother to say. ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Funny and cute story
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Same story as 'Monkey Face' by Frank Asch, except with bears instead of monkeys. Could be used in an art program on self portraits/perspectives in art. ...more
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Frank Asch is an American children's writer, best known for his Moonbear picture books.

Asch published his first picture book, George's Store, in 1968. The following year he graduated from Cooper Union with a BFA. Since then he has taught at a public school in India, as well as at a Montessori school in the United States, conducted numerous creative workshops for children. He has written over 60 bo

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