Golden Bear

Golden Bear

by Ruth Young

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In mellifluous, rhymed couplets, Young ( The New Baby ; My Babysitter ) portrays the friendship between a cherubic African American child and a cuddly, life-size teddy bear. The fluid verse describes the two as constant companions: ``Golden Bear, Golden Bear, / I have seen him everywhere: / Dancing up the golden stair, / Rocking in my rocking chair.'' Isadora's ( Ben's Trumpet ; My Ballet Class ) robustly colored, full-page paintings present large-scale renditions of the duo as they play together during various seasons--they build a snowman, spot tulips in the grass and pretend they're ``pirates in the tub.'' Finally, they snuggle together at bedtime, ``Dreaming dreamy dreams at night, / Golden Bear tucked in tight.'' A touching tribute to a special relationship--and to a youngster's fertile imagination. Ages 2-6. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-- Young's gentle, lilting poem accompanies Isadora's soft, warm illustrations. Their combined effect is one of great sweetness, and a huge dose of sincerity radiating from the artwork saves the project from turning saccharine. The black protagonist is about two years old; the bear is an old-fashioned teddy with rotating legs, positively aglow with the pretty yellow-brown tones of its fur. Solid backgrounds of rich colors leave the illustrations (pastels on toned paper) uncluttered; readers immediately zero in on the sense of comfort the boy derives from his toy's presence. He registers a variety of emotions as he and Golden Bear move through the day and the seasons together. At first glance, the decision to make Golden Bear nearly the child's size almost creates an imbalance in layout. The poem, however, does a mild but effective job of asserting the child's-eye view, in which Golden Bear is enormously important--a huge and constant companion. Only on the final page, with the two asleep together in a snug bed, does the bear return to its ``true'' stature as a small stuffed animal. A book lit up by the power of a child's willingness to believe. --Liza Bliss, formerly at Leominster Public Library,

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