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Summary: A young bear helps his mother make some treats and deliver them to neighbors and friends. He is nervous about going to his neighbors' doors, but mother bear offers assurances to help him. This picture book offers themes of gift giving, being a good neighbor, and self confidence.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 7
Reading Level: 2.4
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter liked looking at the pictures. She liked that the bear was allowed to do deliver the packages himself. Even though it was a book she selected at the library, she only wanted to read it one time.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story.
Pros: Children can relate to little bear, and learn that sometimes things aren't as scary as we think they are.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a story you will share a couple of times, but your child will grow beyond it.
Educational Themes: There are several themes that can be drawn out from this story. You can bring the story to life by making bread (or other gifts) for your neighbors "just because." It is a great way to teach the value and feelings that go with random acts of kindness. You can also draw on little bear's feelings to talk about shyness, fear, and the importance of trying new things.