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“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Summary: Baby Bear has decided he's ready to explore the world. Yet everywhere he goes in the forest, the animals ask about his mother, because he is "too small" to be out on his own. But Baby Bear is undeterred. He keeps exploring the world. When he finds some birdseed, he learns that being out on his own is not so sweet after all. But where's Mama? This is a photographic story of a young bear exploring the woods.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 2.2
Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child was more interested in talking about the photographs than listening to the story. We got through one reading, but were never able to engage our child in reading it again.
Adult Reader Reaction: The photographic journey (vice traditional illustrations) make this a nice change for a picture book. The story is fairly basic (little bear is growing up and thinks he can do things on his own) and will probably garner more interest from toddlers and preschoolers.
Pros: The book is illustrated with photographs, adding an element of realism (and humor) to the story. The story is complemented with pages of bear facts, as well as some out-take photos.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story is one that kids will enjoy, and the photography makes it different than most. Still, it is a book that your child will likely outgrow in a short period of time.
Educational Themes: The theme is a classic one for parents trying to help their child understand that "bigger" doesn't always mean "independent." There are plenty of lessons you can draw from the book, from safety lessons about being careful when you approach strangers (skunk) and wandering away to life lessons about stealing and trespassing.
Notes: Nominee for 2006 Mom's Choice Award, sponsored by the Just for Mom Foundation