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Just for Today
     

Just for Today

by Jan Phillips, Alison Bonds Shapiro (Illustrator)
 

In an increasingly busy world, Mr. and Mrs. Bear have a radical plan. Just for today, the Bear family is going to do nothing but enjoy one another’s company. Overjoyed, Brother and Sister Bear begin by hiding all the clocks they can find, and Mr. and Mrs. Bear promise no nagging or scolding. Next it's on to finger painting, a trip to the park, and more. The

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In an increasingly busy world, Mr. and Mrs. Bear have a radical plan. Just for today, the Bear family is going to do nothing but enjoy one another’s company. Overjoyed, Brother and Sister Bear begin by hiding all the clocks they can find, and Mr. and Mrs. Bear promise no nagging or scolding. Next it's on to finger painting, a trip to the park, and more. The challenge is, how many fun, relaxing, and silly activities can the family engage in before nightfall? Rich, four-color illustrations depict the wonderful time in store for a family that takes time off from the distractions and tasks of their daily lives.

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Children's Literature
Bear parents call a halt to all scolding, nagging, faxing, phoning and dish washing. In Just for Today, mama and papa plan to enjoy their two cubs while fingerpainting, scampering barefoot, dining on popcorn and "juggling jelly beans." Even the family dog and cat get involved in the shenanigans. With an engaging rhyme by Jan Phillips and soft-toned watercolors by Alison Bonds Shapiro, the book invites us to slip away occasionally from our busy schedules and to goof off with our kids. Words and pictures alike will inspire little ones and their parents to makes lists of fun ways to spend time together. Puddle jumping, anyone? 2005, HJ Kramer/Starseed Press, Ages 2 to 4.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-"Wake up, sleepy heads!/We have a surprise./It's just for today,/So open your eyes." So begins this story about bear parents who forego all of their usual routines and give their children their full attention. Even the dog and cat get in on the fun of family finger painting, walking barefoot, watching the stars, and saying prayers. Telling silly jokes, flying paper airplanes, and eating popcorn for breakfast are also part of the festivities. Shapiro's dreamy watercolors are charming-fancy hats and cheery home scenes abound. Unfortunately, there are problems with the rhyme and meter. Also, one must wonder if children will appreciate the idea of their parents turning off "The telephone and faxes./All the world will have to wait,/Including bills and taxes." Although the concept of a whole family playing hooky is appealing, this uneven effort falls flat.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932073072
Publisher:
Kramer, H. J., Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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