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Posted September 22, 2012
When you first pick up Bear in Love you will fall totally in love with these delightful, loveable, gentle illustrations of bear as he ambles along through his day. Illustrator Will Hillenbrand has portrayed bear as a gentle giant and loveable critter for the young child to whom you will be reading this book. Most children have a stuffed teddy bear that they already love. So it is somewhat an understatement that they love bears already. Well, here is another that they will love. There are teddy bear stories abounding in libraries and book stores - example: Winnie the Pooh, that beloved Pooh-bear. So it is not a far stretch to say that the child in your life will fall in love with 'bear' in Bear in Love. Author Daniel Pinkwater understands children and what they like to hear and see in a story. So he has created a gentle bear who awakens to a gift from an unknown friend. A friend he wants to engage. A friend whom he, too, tries to befriend with a gift. Amble along with bear as he discovers his new friend. Enjoy the beautiful illustrations. Have the child to whom you are reading this book discover details in the art and in the story that enlighten and teach. Enjoy! DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of this delightful hardcover book by Candlewick Press for the purpose of rendering my honest, unsolicited review. I was under no obligation to speak positively of the book.
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Posted October 15, 2013
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My granddaughter (3 years old) absolutely loves this book. I believe it is the theme that Bear has a secret friend that surprises him with gifts, that she likes the most. She often quotes lines from this book throughout her daily chatter!!