Bug and Bear: A Story of True Friendship

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Bear learns to appreciate his best friend, Bug

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Bear learns to appreciate his best friend, Bug

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PreS-Gr 1—This sweet tale of friendship and compromise offers nothing new, but is enjoyable nonetheless. "Bug was being annoying," the text begins. He just wants to play, but Bear is tired and wants him to go away. She meets a series of animals who inspire different ways to try to get away from him, but Bug thinks it's all a game. Finally, Bear tells him to jump into the lake and goes to bed. Feeling guilty, she discovers that he has done just that. She rescues him, apologizes, and offers to play, but Bug is now tired, so they take a nap together. The text reads smoothly, and while it is not short enough for toddlers, children will sympathize with the characters. The mixed-media illustrations are expressive and appealing. Bear is simply drawn, with small eyes and eyebrows that convey her annoyance, sorrow, and worry. Bug is less realistic, with a blobby blue body, round pop eyes, and long, curly antennae, which also show emotions effectively. The plants and flowers have an almost Art Deco look, and the mostly earth tones are soothing. Marlow uses a combination of spot art, full-bleed spreads, and single pages to convey motion and propel the action. Friendship is always a popular topic, and the final solution and acknowledgment that both characters were wrong is refreshing. A pleasant addition to most library collections.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761459026
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Really Cute Illustrations!

    Bug and Bear has some of the most adorable illustrations I have ever seen in a picture book. The subdued colors give a sweet feeling to the atmosphere. I loved how both Bear and Bug were illustrated.

    The writing was well done, but I didn't like the concept of the story. The subtitle is "A Story of True Friendship", but Bear is miserable throughout the majority of the book. She employs various ways of hiding from Bug, and constantly tells him to go away and leave her alone. She is quite mean to him, while he is upbeat, cheerful, and just wants to play.

    I guess the thing I had a problem with was how thoughtless Bear was. A true friend wouldn't be so rude. If it had been passed off as a story of forgiveness, or a story of learning kindness, I think I could have liked it. Bear could have been much more likable, and the same story could have played out in a more positive way.

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