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The mischievous star of Jane Dyer's Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap! checks out the working life in this gentle lesson about jobs and responsibilities.
Although Mama and Papa Bear tell their cub that "Your job is to go to school...Our job is to go to work," Little Brown Bear thinks that having an adult job sounds much more fun. So when they drop him off at school, the tyke hightails it next door to the Miss Flo Diner, where he's promptly put to work as a waiter. Unfortunately, Little Brown Bear can't write yet, and he decides to help a group of busy beavers with their construction instead. This idea quickly falls flat, too, and after attempting jobs at scarf knitting with a sheep and cutting hair in a barbershop (a lion winds up with a rather choppy mane), Little Brown Bear lands back at school, realizing that learning to write and other classroom activities are more his speed.
Aimed at kids who think adults have all the fun, Dyer's playful picture book wonderfully reminds them to take things at the right pace. Her soft and witty watercolors zero in perfectly on the story's lightheartedness, making this a great addition to storytime talks about different jobs and a simple lesson builder for bookshelves. Your little cub will surely recognize that one-step-at-a-time is the formula for success. Shana Taylor