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Children's LiteratureA beautiful fall morning has greeted the woods with a cheerful smile. Bright colored leaves in an array of colors shine in the light and crunch underfoot. Inside his cozy house, Little Bear is very excited; soon Halloween would be coming! Little Bear's friends Hen, Owl, and Duck come to Little Bear's house to ask him to go on a walk with them, but Little Bear is busy making a special mask. Little Bear can't wait to show off his mask to his friends so he ventures off into the woods to surprise them. But what will happen when Little Bear's friends are not amused by Little Bear scaring them, and what are those spooky sounds that all of the friends start hearing in the wind? Else Homelund's words are gentle and easy to read, which enable the reader to become wrapped up in likable and adorable characters that will be cherished. Illustrator Chris Hahner's pictures are so soft, soothing and inviting to the eyes. They capture the individual expression and detail of the woodland animals and their environment with sweetness, impishness, and warmth. This charming story is sure to delight and would make a fine addition to your child's holiday collection. 2003, Harper Festival, Ages 2 to 4.
— Lynda Dale MacLean