Be Gentle!

Be Gentle!

by Virginia Miller
     
 

Virginia Miller wrote and illustrated her first George and Bartholomew story after observing a toddler's frustration with potty training. The result was On Your Potty! , soon followed by Eat Your Dinner! and Go To Bed! All are, as Kirkus Reviews declares, "just right for two- year-olds like Ba" See more details below

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Virginia Miller wrote and illustrated her first George and Bartholomew story after observing a toddler's frustration with potty training. The result was On Your Potty! , soon followed by Eat Your Dinner! and Go To Bed! All are, as Kirkus Reviews declares, "just right for two- year-olds like Ba"

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
George has given the young bear Bartholomew a little black kitten. He impresses upon him that he must be gentle to the kitten. Bartholomew isn't sure what gentle means, but through a series of experiences George reinforces the concept of gentleness and its rewards.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-KWith simplicity and style, Miller once again takes a matter of significance to both children and adults and gives it universal voice. George gives Bartholomew a little black kitten, telling him to "be gentle because she's only little." Being only little himself, the young bear plays with the animal as he sees fit; pushing her on a swing, bumping her along in a wagon, playing tricks on her with a garden hose, and banging a drum to cheer her up. George admonishes him repeatedly until the kitten finally runs away. After searching fruitlessly, a sad Bartholomew goes to hide in his special place where he finds his pet. He's now very gentle and the kitten purrs; a satisfying ending. As in her other books about these bears, Miller captures the mood of the characters with minimal lines. The clarity of the illustrations in both their emotional and visual content matches the text to a tee and makes this book highly suitable for group storytelling. Listeners will delight in this story and will surely ask to hear it again and again.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Kirkus Reviews
George, the big bear, and Bartholomew ("Ba"), the very little bear, return for another growing-up lesson (Go to Bed!, 1993, etc.), this time about how to treat a pet. Cautioned to be gentle with his new kitten, Ba gives her a squashing hug, wild rides on his swing and in his wagon, and a squirt with the garden hose. An ear-splitting drum serenade is too much, and the kitten runs away. Ba is "sad and sorry" and creeps away to his secret hiding place under his bed, where he finds the kitten. Having learned his lesson, Ba is ready now to be very gentle indeed, and the kitten sits on his lap and purrs. It's an endearing story, just right for toddlers struggling to tame their exuberance and to recognize the needs of those who are even smaller than they are. The facial expressions and body language of the kitten are priceless, and clear enough to help children recognize the wordless ways in which animals communicate. Six vignettes across the title spread show ways for Ba to play happily with his kitten. This book should have a long and happy life in veterinary offices, pet shops, and animal shelters, as well as in the usual outlets.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763602512
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/04/1997
Series:
George and Ba
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.44(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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