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Summary: As Little Bear prepares for bed, he sees things happening that scare him. Luckily, it's only his imagination turning every-day objects into fearful visions. For the little ones who have very vivid imaginations, or for those easily frightened, this is a nice book for saying
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Age of Child: started reading at 14 months; still reading at 2 years
Young Reader Reaction: The "secret pages" made for great fun immediately, and with several reads the toddler's interest grew in the story itself. Now, s/he speaks for mama in saying "Don't be afraid…it's only a…."
Adult Reader Reaction: An easy read that moves quickly and gets its point across nicely. The pages are hard to move, which has meant rougher handling by the do-it-myself toddler. Nevertheless, the pages have held up well.
Pros: The 'scary things' are all toys and household items a child knows and can relate to. The illustrations of the 'monsters' are quite benign. The pages are thicker than your average board book.
Cons: The slides have little finger openings, and they can be tedious.
Borrow or Buy: This will likely have to be a buy, as libraries don't generally carry this type of book. The advantage to this book is its interactive presentation; but there are other books out there for dealing with childhood fears.