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Author: Michael Shoulders

Illustrator: Teri Weidner

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Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Baby Bear hears lots of stories - from Mommy and Daddy, Aunt Grace and Uncle Roy, and Grandma, too. At the end of their stories, they wanted Baby Bear to say their name as his first word. Who would it be? This is a little bear's story about how everyone in his family wants their name would be his first word.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book,

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Reading Level: 1.3

Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter listened closely and oohed and aahed over the baby bear. She laughed at the responses baby bear gave each person, and asked about her first words.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story, with a wonderful ending. I love how baby bear shares all the kinds of books that family members read. The story is told carefully so that baby bear can be a boy or girl.

Pros: This is a book meant to be shared with a young child on your lap. It is warm and cuddly, as a great book should be.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a must-have for every child's home bookshelf. It would be a great gift for expecting and new parents, too.

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Educational Themes: This is about the love of sharing a book - and the power it can have. Just enjoy reading it out loud.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, family

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2009, December 2014

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