Good Job, Little Bear

Good Job, Little Bear

by Barbara Firth
     
 
While exploring in the forest with Big Bear, Little Bear sets out all by himself to find a rock to climb and an old bendy tree to bounce on. Every step of the way, Big Bear is there to praise him for a job well done. But when Little Bear tries to cross a stream - "the best hopper there is!" - he finds himself in trouble, until Big Bear steps in once again to

Overview

While exploring in the forest with Big Bear, Little Bear sets out all by himself to find a rock to climb and an old bendy tree to bounce on. Every step of the way, Big Bear is there to praise him for a job well done. But when Little Bear tries to cross a stream - "the best hopper there is!" - he finds himself in trouble, until Big Bear steps in once again to lend a reassuring hand.

Editorial Reviews

Ellen Fader
Big Bear follows an intensely self-reliant and independent Little Bear as he explores the forest. Big Bear is always nearby to share Little Bear's toddler-like exuberance-"Good job, Little Bear"-and to catch him as Little Bear jumps from a high rock, bounces down from a tall tree, or accidentally slips off a mossy stone into the stream. Big Bear's affection for Little Bear is apparent in every word and in every drawing, even as he looks a bit apprehensive when Little Bear attempts an especially daring physical maneuver. Firth's warm pencil and watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the bears' playful and loving relationship. The pictures never overwhelm the brief, spare story, which toddlers, who are doing their own explorations of the world, will embrace. Fans of the earlier books-Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?, Let's Go Home, Little Bear, and You and Me, Little Bear-will rejoice to see another installment in this paean to familial love and security. -- Horn Book Magazine
Sesame Street Parents
Big Bear is a nurturing parent who encourages Little Bear to try new things. Illustrations in pencil and watercolor show an exuberant Little Bear exploring the forest. Gentle Big Bear stays just close enough to help Little Bear when he falls from a branch or lands sploosh! in a stream. Your child will love all the excitement, as well as the cozy last scene when Big Bear tells Little Bear, "I'll be there when you need me....always"
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Little Bear and Big Bear set out one day to go exploring. Little Bear shows Big Bear how he can climb Bear Rock and bounce on the old bendy tree. When he tries to cross the stream, he slips off a rock into the water. Big Bear is right there to rescue him, and they continue exploring until it is time to go home. All snugly inside their cave, Big Bear tells Little Bear, "I'll be there when you need me...always." Toddlers and preschoolers will delight in Little Bear's activities and the upbeat text. The illustrations are simple enough for young preschoolers, yet effectively show the warm interaction between the two bears. They will delight in the expressive frog in the stream. This newest addition to Waddell's "Little Bear" books is warmly reassuring those children testing their independence. Upon reading, it is sure to elicit a bear hug between parent and child.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Another collaborative effort from a winning author and illustrator team. Little Bear takes the lead on a walk through the forest knowing that Big Bear is not far behind. Each time the youngster tries a new stunt such as jumping off a big rock or bouncing off a tree limb, the older animal is there to catch him and praise him. When he hops over some stones in the stream and slips into the water, Big Bear is quick to rescue and comfort him. Large, expressive pencil-and-watercolor illustrations in pastel tones enhance this gentle and reassuring story.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763617097
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Little Bear Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 10.13(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Martin Waddell says, "A picture book story is a script of performance to a very personally involved audience tha twants to stop, ask questions, look, and point things out."

Barbara Firth says, "I have always been biased toward illustrating natural history, so it was a joy to be able to draw pages and pages of bears." She set this story in autumn, "It is my favorite time of year, and the bears' too, I think."

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