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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Papa Bear is snoring. Afterall, it is hibernation season. Little Bear can't sleep. He is distracted by a bee; and bees lead to honey! Papa Bear awakes and finds Little Bear gone. The adventure begins in the forest and ends at the Opera House. This oversized picture book offers readers lots to explore as Papa Bear searchs for Little Bear.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 and up
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Reading Level: 2.8
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The size of the book and colors caught my eye, but it was the illustrations that had me turning pages. I also loved that it was a father-child story. The narrative is okay, but the pictures also tell the tale. This could easily be used as a wordless book.
Pros: There is something for everyone to love in this beautiful, unique story about a dad and his child. Every spread has a "can you find little bear" quality.
Cons: For some young readers, the pictures might be too busy and distracting.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a lovely book that will be read and explored lots of times. It is an exceptional choice as a gift, too.
Educational Themes: This is a story with lots of visual appeal. You can explore the pages with your reader to talk about the different "scenes" within a picture. There is a child-gets-lost theme, and you can talk about that, too.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, adventure
Date(s) Reviewed: January 2014
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.