Little Bear's Little Boat [NOOK Book]

Overview

Little Bear loves his little boat. He rows it around Huckleberry Lake, fishing and dreaming. But then Little Bear begins to grow and grow, until one day he doesn’t fit in his little boat anymore! All children who experience growing pains will appreciate Little Bear’s predicament. And they will smile with satisfaction as the solution to his problem unfolds in simple, lyrical words and charming pictures from two award-winning picture-book creators.

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Overview

Little Bear loves his little boat. He rows it around Huckleberry Lake, fishing and dreaming. But then Little Bear begins to grow and grow, until one day he doesn’t fit in his little boat anymore! All children who experience growing pains will appreciate Little Bear’s predicament. And they will smile with satisfaction as the solution to his problem unfolds in simple, lyrical words and charming pictures from two award-winning picture-book creators.

When Little Bear can no longer fit into his boat he finds someone else who can use it.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Life on Huckleberry Lake is idyllic for Little Bear as he sits in his small wooden boat. He rows, he fishes, and "on sunny days he lay back in it, closed his eyes, and dreamed. And he was happy." Until, that is, he grows too large for the boat. "It is a little bear's destiny to grow and grow till he is a big bear. It is a little boat's destiny to stay the same size," his mother gently tells her sad cub. Re-teaming with Twinnies collaborator Carpenter, who limits her palette for a pleasing retro look, Bunting evokes a familiar theme for preschoolers: the frustration of change. She also shows the rewards of problem-solving: the now Big Bear gives his boat to a smaller bear, making him promise to love it as he does (for it is "a little boat's destiny to keep sailing on a blue, blue lake," he explains). Unfortunately, the word "destiny" appears repeatedly throughout the story, and because the daunting concept is not explained in an age-appropriate way, it may confuse some young readers. However, a positive message about sharing does ring clear. The spirit of generosity that Big Bear feels as he brings happiness to another creature may be contagious to youngsters after reading this upbeat tale. The artist adds another fun twist: in a closing scene, the hero is hard at work building "Big Bear's Big Boat," indicating that passions begun in childhood can endure. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Bunting delivers a simply pleasing, heartwarming tale of the pains of growing through the eyes of a bear. Little Bear enjoys Huckleberry Lake from the comfort of his little boat until he comes to understand that he has grown too big for his boat. With mother bear's coaching, Little Bear realizes that it is a "little bear's destiny to grow and grow until he is a BIG BEAR" and that although the boat will not grow, its destiny is to "keep sailing on a blue, blue lake." No longer able to be called a little bear, Big Bear searches the lake for a little bear to enjoy the little boat. Big Bear offers the boat to Little Bear after sharing his newfound wisdom with his friend and securing a promise that he too will pass on the boat. In a world in which so many children want to grow up quickly, Bunting interjects a brief backwards glance into a longing for younger and smaller days in this delightful account of change, transformation, and surrender. Bunting succeeds brilliantly at masterfully weaving this tale around the complicated idea of destiny. The simple pen-and-ink illustrations are nearly as endearing as the storyline and add to the joy of reading this book. A truly satisfying little bear, big bear story. 2003, Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Company,
— Sarah Nelson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Little Bear thoroughly enjoys his cherished boat, until he outgrows it. While Mother Bear explains that it's a little bear's destiny to grow, he knows, "It's a little boat's destiny to keep sailing on a blue, blue lake," so he sets off to find another little cub to enjoy it. When he finds one, he hands over his treasured object and asks its new owner to pass it on when he becomes too big for it. Children will listen intently to this tale. The softly colored, uncluttered illustrations, created with pen and ink and digital media, have an old-fashioned charm. Written with the simple finesse characteristic of Bunting, this amiable, gently didactic tale will resonate with many children.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another healthy serving of charm and life lesson from the dependable Bunting, this time concerning destiny by way of a rowboat. Little Bear has a love affair going with his rowboat. He pokes about the lake in it, fishes from it, dreams while draped across its thwarts, all amicably depicted in Carpenter’s dear, guileless pen-and-ink drawings. Then comes the day that Little Bear is little no longer and he swamps the boat with his bulk. His mother explains that "it is a little bear’s destiny to grow and grow till he is a BIG BEAR. It is a little boat’s destiny to stay the same size." But Little Bear has the boat’s interests at heart, and some insight up his own sleeve: "It is a little boat’s destiny to keep sailing on a blue, blue lake." So he sets out to find another little bear who will give the boat its due. The tradition continues, both for the little boat and for Bunting, who just goes on delivering classy tales of youthful metaphysics. (Picture book. 3-6)
From the Publisher
"Familiar theme...positive message about sharing...the spirit of generosity...may be contagious to youngsters after reading this upbeat tale." —Publishers Weekly

"Another healthy serving of charm and life lesson from the dependable Bunting...amicably depicted in Carpenter's dear, guiless pen-and-ink drawings." —Kirkus Reviews

"Children will listen intently to this tale...softly colored, uncluttered illustrations...have an old-fashioned charm......will resonate with many children." —School Library Journal

"A sensitive, affecting story about growing up and leaving favorite things behind...with charming ink-and-paint illustrations...Reassuring and well told." —Booklist, ALA

Children's Literature - Katie DeWald
Bunting delivers a simple, pleasing, and heartwarming tale of the pains of growing through the eyes of a bear. Little Bear enjoys Huckleberry Lake from the comfort of his little boat until he comes to understand that he has grown too big for his boat. With Mother Bear's coaching, Little Bear realizes that it is a "little bear's destiny to grow and grow until he is a BIG BEAR," and that although the boat will not grow, its destiny is to "keep sailing on a blue, blue lake." No longer able to be called a little bear, Big Bear searches the lake for a little bear to enjoy the little boat. Big Bear offers the boat to such a little bear after sharing his newfound wisdom and securing a promise that he, too, will pass on the boat. In a world in which so many children want to grow up quickly, Bunting interjects a brief backwards glance into a longing for younger and smaller days in this delightful account of change, transformation, and surrender. Bunting succeeds brilliantly at masterfully weaving this tale around the complicated idea of destiny. The simple pen-and-ink illustrations are nearly as endearing as the storyline and add to the joy of reading this book. A truly satisfying little bear, big bear story. This award winning story is now available in board book format for younger children. Reviewer: Katie DeWald
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547770215
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, and numerous novels. She lives in Southern California.


Nancy Carpenter, illustrator of many successful picture books, lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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