Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story

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On a windy spring day, what do Bear and Mole decide to do? Why, fly a kite, of course! But first they have to build one. They design, measure, and finally construct their kite. With a zoom, zoom, zoom the kite soars up, up, up in the air. But when a storm rumbles in?SNAP!?the kite string breaks! The chase is on as the two friends tear after their kite and find it in a tree, protecting a nest of baby birds from the rain. This sweet story makes a perfect read-aloud for ...

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Overview

On a windy spring day, what do Bear and Mole decide to do? Why, fly a kite, of course! But first they have to build one. They design, measure, and finally construct their kite. With a zoom, zoom, zoom the kite soars up, up, up in the air. But when a storm rumbles in?SNAP!?the kite string breaks! The chase is on as the two friends tear after their kite and find it in a tree, protecting a nest of baby birds from the rain. This sweet story makes a perfect read-aloud for preschoolers.

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Publishers Weekly
In 2011’s Spring Is Here! Mole worked to awaken Bear from his winter hibernation; both are up and at ’em in this sequel, in which a windy day has Bear rushing to find Mole so they can fly a kite together. Hillenbrand devotes several spreads to the creation of the kite, emphasizing teamwork and the pleasures of construction. The friends’ bright clothing and the gold of the kite stand out like beacons against the muted mixed-media backgrounds, especially when a storm moves in and threatens the fun. The ending, in which the escaped kite finds a new purpose, is a tad abrupt, but narrative repetition and onomatopoeia make this as satisfying a readaloud as its predecessor. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Bear and his friend Mole return for a new adventure. One day Bear looks at the sky and goes, "Whiff. Whiff. Whiff." He delightedly decides it is a "Kite Day," and runs to tell Mole. Together they collect the materials to construct a kite. They then fly it outside, "Zoom. Zoom. Zoom." But then the dark clouds roll in, "Rumble. Rumble. Rumble." The kite string breaks in a gust of wind and the kite goes down. The friends run to save it. But it ends broken and stuck in a tree. However, this turns out to be a happy ending after all. On the jacket, the double portrait of the anthropomorphic friends with the large yellow kite and fluttering tail prepares the reader for the happy adventure. The opening double page scene of a misty landscape seems a perfect space for kite flying. We next find Bear in his bright red overalls checking out the sky's wispy clouds as a few young bunnies and an unimpressed cow observe him. Hillenbrand uses mixed media to create his characters, convincingly expressing their emotions as they make the kite, fly it, chase it, and smile when they find it. The few words of text with their repetitions are almost unnecessary with the eloquent illustrations. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS—Having determined that the wind is just right for flying kites, Bear and Mole investigate how to make one, gather the materials required, and test out their finished product, with unexpected results. The joyful, exuberant protagonists are set against broad expanses of field and sky, and plenty of white space. This cheerful picture book is a felicitous blend of short text and brightly colored mixedmedia illustrations. It is a winner for storytimes.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
In this breezy kite affair, the adorable duo of Bear and Mole is back again, reveling in nature. Blue sky and a gusty day make for one ebullient Bear. Huffing home he gathers Mole to commence the kite-making. Together they collect, cut, construct--and find success with their kite until dark clouds appear. A broken string and a spool unspun leave the two racing through rain after a rainbow tail. But urgency turns to quiet joy when their loss (a broken kite) becomes a bird family's gain, as it shelters fledglings from the storm. Simple sentences, often three words or fewer, describe the action, while Hillenbrand's illustrations wonderfully animate the text. The artwork, digitally manipulated pencil with water-based coloring, has a lovely softness; the characters, with their plumpness and simplicity, are extremely appealing. Sophisticated compositions are cinematic or sequentially kinetic, cleverly matching the author's playful use of onomatopoeia. Muted tones that begin the tale give way to darker and more dramatic hues, creating a powerful shift, both visually and emotionally. This gentle and charming read-aloud will make young audiences "awww" with delight. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823416035
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 480,043
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    I would recommend this book for young children. The book contain

    I would recommend this book for young children. The book contains short simple sentences with repetitive wording. The pages are attractive and set the mood for the story that is being told. Children will love Bear and Mole and learning about their dear friendship. They will learn what it means to work together, and have a true friend. I enjoyed this book myself and think that it would make a great read aloud for a classroom setting. The book has a surprising ending that will catch children off guard. 

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