Heaven Is Having You

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Grandma explains to Little Bear what heaven is from her perspective… Heaven is eating homemade cookies and wrapping up Little Bear in a warm towel after a bath. And it’s the feeling she gets from watching Little Bear play with Grandpa. But, most importantly, though, she tells him, “Heaven is just having you.” This is a lovely sequel to the best-selling Love Is A Handful of Honey.

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Overview

Grandma explains to Little Bear what heaven is from her perspective… Heaven is eating homemade cookies and wrapping up Little Bear in a warm towel after a bath. And it’s the feeling she gets from watching Little Bear play with Grandpa. But, most importantly, though, she tells him, “Heaven is just having you.” This is a lovely sequel to the best-selling Love Is A Handful of Honey.

Grandma Bear believes that heaven is always around, especially when Little Bear is there.

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Publishers Weekly
In reassuring couplets and gentle ink-and-wash drawings, the team behind Love Is a Handful of Honey explains just how deep grandparents' love for their grandchildren can be. "It's heaven to see you!" exclaims Grandma Bear as she greets Little Bear. When the fellow asks her what heaven is, she replies, "It's not all that easy to tell you, Because heaven is so many things." Yet she goes on to describe pleasures very much of this world: "It's chasing you around the garden And hearing you shriek with delight. It's lying down while you sit on my tummy And tickle with all of your might." The text frames single-page images and full-bleed spreads, sometimes with creatively curvy type lines. Cabban shows Little Bear and his grandparents spending time in gentle ursine exploits on flower-sprinkled meadows, as well as the grandparents' cozy cave with its big red armchair for eating cupcakes in and an enormous blue towel for drying off after a bubble bath. In the soft pastel glow of a summer sunset, Little Bear reunites with his parents. Without a theologically conventional definition of heaven, this volume will likely have universal appeal to grandchildren and grandparents alike. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Grandparents are important, and those lucky enough to have one or more will really enjoy this tale. It features bears, which seem to be very popular animals in board books. (Perhaps because so many kids have toy teddy bears.) In this sweet story, it is Grandma who is spending the day with her Little Bear. Grandpa is there, too, so there are plenty of activities to be shared with both of them. Grandpa pushes the swing and lets himself be buried in the sand. Grandma remarks on all the wonderful things that she and Little Bear do together—telling and listening to stories, chasing each other in the garden, enjoying an afternoon snack, reading a story together, and giving their grandson a great big kiss just as his parents are arriving to take him home. "Heaven is just having you," according to the parents and grandparents. What little one would not be delighted to hear that? It should certainly create an aura of security and love. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-As Little Bear runs into Grandma Bear's arms, she exclaims, "It's heaven to see you!" and the little cub asks, "What's heaven?" In gentle rhyming text, she explains the concept, using as examples the many joyful activities she and Grandpa Bear have with him throughout the day and the happiness they experience. Toddlers and preschoolers will recognize the activities, such as sharing a snack, having a bubble bath, reading stories, or playing outdoors. The verse is short and simple with two lines to a page or four lines to a spread. The bright watercolor illustrations are outstanding, either covering the entire page or double page or framed so that the picture appears to be a memory or thought. The bears have expressive faces and postures and are endearing and lovable. The pictures are large and bright enough for a group storytime, but this book cries out for one-on-one bedtime reading. However, some adults may question this nonreligious description of "heaven," which is lowercased in Little Bear's original question but capitalized twice in the text. Nevertheless, this enjoyable book celebrates the love and security found in everyday activities.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589258204
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Padded Board Bks.
  • Pages: 18
  • Sales rank: 166,605
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    Heaven is Having You is a great story that is one of my family's personal favorites.

    It has a great story with a great message. It is sweet and my boys love it. It's about how everything we do with our kids, in the story it's grandkids, it's just heaven to have them and to do things with them, and I love that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Highly Recommended- you must read!!

    Heaven Is Having You
    After reading the book Heaven Is Having You, I thought the illustrations were excellent because the colors were bright and the pictures were big enough for children to see. Throughout the story, the grandmother explains to her grandson about the importance of valuing the things you do. I think the moral of the story is a bit too hard to figure out, especially because it is a book for children. Overall, I do recommend this book because every child loves bears and the moral of the story is acceptable for children.

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