A darling companion to Old Bear and His Cub from the New York Times bestselling creator of the Gossie books

What's an Old Bear to do when he finds a Little Cub all alone and afraid of the dark? Adopt him, of course! And help him try to get over his fears. In this book we see the father and son from Old Bear and His Cub meet for the first time--and grow to love one another. ...
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A darling companion to Old Bear and His Cub from the New York Times bestselling creator of the Gossie books

What's an Old Bear to do when he finds a Little Cub all alone and afraid of the dark? Adopt him, of course! And help him try to get over his fears. In this book we see the father and son from Old Bear and His Cub meet for the first time--and grow to love one another.

With the same bold art and humorous twist on parenting, Olivier Dunrea's tumbling bears will melt your heart and show how strong the bond is between any father and son pair.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a spare preamble to Old Bear and His Cub (2010), Dunrea reveals how Old Bear and Little Cub came to be companions. Dunrea strikes a matter-of-fact tone, subtly pointing out the similarities and differences between the bears, while studiously avoiding sentimentality. “Stop that yowling,” says bearded Old Bear, his gentle curmudgeonly nature accentuated by his furrowed eyebrows, when he discovers Little Cub sleeping restlessly in a cluster of rocks. When Little Cub requests that Old Bear teach him to fish and get honey, Old Bear responds patiently yet firmly: “Yes, I will teach you how to fish. Now go to sleep.” Readers will treasure the bears’ gingerly give-and-take—watching them serendipitously become a family of two is a joy to behold. Ages 3–up. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
A little cub lives alone near the forest and has no one to take care of him. He is feeling very lonely. Old bear lives alone deep in the forest and he is feeling lonely, too. The little cub wants to learn how to catch a fish, but there is no one to teach him. Old Bear catches a fish, but has no one to share it with. More comparisons are made about each of the characters' lives. Old Bear happens to find the little cub sleeping in a pile of rocks. They decide to stay together, and Old Bear names him Little Cub. Old Bear promises to teach Little Cub how to do things such as fish and get honey. In a pleasant and sweet conclusion, Little Bear can't get to sleep, so Old Bear tells him a story about a grumpy old bear who lived all alone. The illustrations are simple and beautiful with tender renditions of the bears and lovely scenes with trees and rocks. This book with its heartwarming theme is well suited for reading aloud at bedtime. The simple story with its comforting message is one that young children will want to hear over and over again. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Little Cub and Old Bear are back in a tale that is part prequel, part adoption story, and all heart. Little Cub is sad and lonely. He has no one to take care of him, teach him how to catch fish, help him get honey, and be with him during the long dark nights. Old Bear is sad and lonely. He has no one to teach, share his food with, and keep him company during the long dark nights. One day he finds Little Cub whimpering and alone. "'Who do you belong to?' asked Old Bear./'I belong to me…But maybe I could belong to you.'" And of course Old Bear names him, takes him home, feeds him, puts him to bed, tells him a story, and the rest is history. The charming pencil and gouache illustrations capture the very essence of bears, while still rendering them sweet and appealing. The backgrounds are stark white with detailed, realistic trees, rocks, grasses, bees, and more. The patterned text, with alternating pages describing the cub's concerns, followed by the related concerns of Old Bear, works beautifully. The wording is descriptive, economical, and deceptively simple. Dunrea packs a huge amount of emotion into his limited text and engaging art. A delight for fans of these characters and a lovely next step for children ready to move beyond the "Gossie and Friends" series (Houghton Harcourt).—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Two lonely bears find each other and form a deep bond. Little Cub and Old Bear live in the same deep forest, but neither knows the other exists. White-bearded Old Bear survives on skills learned over a lifetime; he is well-fed and warm, but he hates his solitary existence. Little Cub is barely surviving; he is hungry and cold, and his fears threaten to overwhelm him. Their first meeting results in an instant connection. Old Bear takes Little Cub home, tucks him in bed and tells him a story that promises a life together that will alleviate hunger and fear and loneliness. The tale alternates page by page between the two bears, matching morning, afternoon and evening activities and emphasizing their emotional parallels. When they come together, the earlier concerns are repeated, addressed and resolved. Large-print text is centered on a solid white page and is set in the charmingly named Zapf Humanist typeface. On facing pages, illustrations are rendered in pencil and gouache in shades of browns, oranges and greens that softly wash into white backgrounds. The forest is beautiful, and the bears' physical and emotional place in it is carefully indicated through perspective and body language. The universal need for love and companionship is conveyed sweetly and poignantly. Comforting and uplifting. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101654910
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Series: Little Cub
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,047,247
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Olivier Dunrea is the bestselling creator of the Gossie books as well as Old Bear and His Cub, A Christmas Tree for Pyn, Hanne's Quest and many others. He lives in Dearborn, Michigan, and Narrowsburg, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012


    Little cub is lonely and needs a friend Children will relate and find this a warm story about the joy of having a friend to look out for you

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