Baby Bear's Big Dreams

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Baby Bear knows that big bears get to have all the fun. They get to stay up late, live in toy stores, go exploring by themselves, and eat dessert . . . all day long! Baby Bear plans to do each of those things—and more—when he grows up. But at the end of the day, even the biggest bears still get to come home to tell of their grown-up adventures.
    
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Overview

Baby Bear knows that big bears get to have all the fun. They get to stay up late, live in toy stores, go exploring by themselves, and eat dessert . . . all day long! Baby Bear plans to do each of those things—and more—when he grows up. But at the end of the day, even the biggest bears still get to come home to tell of their grown-up adventures.
    
This third Baby Bear collaboration between Jane Yolen and Melissa Sweet is a wonderful tribute to imagination and perfectly captures the spirit of youngsters who wish they could make all the rules.

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Baby Bear contemplates the joys of growing up in true childlike fashion as he narrates his vision of big bears' carefree lives. First, he will invite his friends to come live with him. They will stay up late and never put their toys away, so they will always be ready for another day of play. In his next phase of maturity, Baby Bear will live in a toy shop with carousels, puffer trains, giant slides, and supplies for painting large pictures. Then, he will build a house in a honey tree with berries below and a comfy place to entertain friends for tea. A later adventure will take him camping with his brother where he will climb a tall tree and enjoy the view. Then, when Baby Bear is all grown up, he will return home to share his poem with his family. After receiving their congratulations, he will snuggle into his own bed and relish the kisses his parents always give. The large sized multimedia illustrations feature a small cheerful bear traveling through his dreams of adulthood as he remains exactly the same size as he begins. This is a cozy story for sharing with young children. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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PreS-Gr 1
"When I grow up in about a year" begins this tale of a cub's plans for adulthood. His ambitious ideas include having three friends move in with him so they can stay up late and play nonstop because he thinks that's one of the perks of being a big bear. Living in a toy store, building a tree house, camping, and exploring are also a part of his plans for the future. His earnest ideas always include friends or family with whom he can share his toys, his honey, and his explorations. The ultimate plan is to return home so that his parents can tuck him into bed and give him kisses, "one and two . . . /for that's what BIG bears always do." This third Baby Bear book by this duo is illustrated in the same bright, sunny hues as the others. The large mixed-media and collage pictures and the rhyming couplets make this title a treat for storytime or for sharing one-on-one.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

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Yolen captures the universal wish of young children to be older and more grown-up without giving up the protective care and admiring love of their parents. This sweet but not saccharine story is told in first-person narrative by a preschool-aged bear dressed in plaid shorts or hiking clothes. He announces all the things he plans to do when he grows up "in a year or two," such as inviting his friends to move in, staying up late and leaving his toys strewn all over the house. In short, rhyming text, the little bear ponders living in a toy store or a tree house and camping with just his big brother for company. The oversized format highlights Sweet's engaging paintings done in mixed-media and collage, with the text set against backgrounds of lemon and lime. She fills her illustrations with clever details, such as a stuffed bee toy carried by the little bear (instead of a teddy bear), and her exuberant style is well-matched to the young bear's playful antics and confident personality. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152052911
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written hundreds of books for adults and children and has won numerous awards. She and her husband divide their time between Massachussetts and Scotland.

Melissa Sweet is the illustrator of many fine children’s books. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as “exuberant,” “outstanding,” and “a creative delight.” Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit www.melissasweet.net.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    Ever wonder what you want to do when you get older?

    I like how this book was a rhyming book. I like how each page spread is baby bears ideas for each of the next five years and many years after that. I think this book would be good for ages 4-6.

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