Love Songs of the Little Bear

Love Songs of the Little Bear

by Margaret Wise Brown
     
 

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From Margaret Wise Brown, the author of the beloved classic, Goodnight Moon, here are four never before published poems, illustrated with stunning gouache paintings by Susan Jeffers. Celebrating the profound in everyday moments and simple things, these poems combine to tell the sweet and tender tale of a well-loved little bear. Follow him through the seasons…  See more details below

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From Margaret Wise Brown, the author of the beloved classic, Goodnight Moon, here are four never before published poems, illustrated with stunning gouache paintings by Susan Jeffers. Celebrating the profound in everyday moments and simple things, these poems combine to tell the sweet and tender tale of a well-loved little bear. Follow him through the seasons of the year, as he experiences the wonders of the world for the first time. Together, Brown and Jeffers have created an ode to the power of parental love and the ways in which it carries a child through the joys of discovery.

About the Author:

Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, is one of the best-selling and most prolific children's authors of all time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This fitful collection of four previously unprinted poems by the author of Goodnight Moon proves that posthumous publication is risky business. The art, dynamically presented, has the tenderness of Jeffers's work in the McDuff series as well as the illustrator's well-developed sensitivity to nature. As Jeffers envisions the verses, a bear family explores four seasons of a world filled with fields of white daisies, streams with puddle ducks, flower-bedecked cottages and an especially picturesque snowfall. But even the beauty and sweetness of Jeffers's images, the warmth of the bear family and the varied perspectives Jeffers employs do not add enough luster to bolster the unpolished text. Little Bear's first "song," for example, includes these lines: "A little bear was singing/ In words that seemed to say/ It's a long time that/ I'll love you/ Never, never go away/ It's a long time that I'll love you/ And if I seem to stray/ It's only that I'm watching/ The flowers bloom in May." The language, unfortunately, lacks the rhythm, simplicity and long-lasting literary merit on which Brown's reputation is based. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Four of Margaret Wise Brown's previously unpublished poems have been brought together and illustrated by Susan Jeffers in this four-season look at family, love and home. "Love Song of the Little Bear" introduces a young bear and his mother as they explore the spring fields. "Green Song" finds them enjoying summer and all the garden creatures. "Song of Wind & Rain" has Little Bear exploring autumn weather with his friends before returning home. "Snow Song" presents the complete family, as Little Bear goes with his mother to the dock to meet his father and return to their warmly-glowing home. Susan Jeffers' rounded, gouache illustrations convey a sense of safety in spite of the wind's blowing and summer creatures' creeping. 2001, Hyperion, $15.99. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Heidi Green
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Filled with warmth and wonder, these four previously unpublished poems take a bear cub through the seasons. In the first, the youngster is swept away by the splendors of spring. As he walks with his mother through blossom-filled meadows, he reassures her: "It's a long time that I'll love you/And if I seem to stray/It's only that I'm watching/The flowers bloom in May." In "Green Song," he takes a pail and shovel to explore a field of wildflowers where "-little things creep/In their green grass forests deep/Deep in their long-stemmed world." On a wet autumn day, the little bear ventures out with a bright yellow umbrella and listens to the rhythmic songs of the wind and the rain. The final selection, "Snow Song," has a calming, quiet pace that is well suited to the subject and makes a fitting end piece ("Snow snow/Slow slow/In the soft fall of the snow/The little boats go"). The poems use simple language, gentle repetition, familiar images, and appealing rhythms that will capture the attention and imaginations of young listeners. Varying from smaller vignettes to full- and double-page spreads, the gouache paintings tie the poems together nicely by creating a strong visual story line. The outdoor scenes are lush and inviting, and show each of the seasons at its best. Jeffers does a wonderful job of expressing the little bear's relationship with his mother and the excitement that he feels with each new experience. A delightful choice for group sharing or enjoying one-on-one.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Jeffers returns to illustrating Brown (Baby Animals, 1989) as she sets four previously unpublished poems to bright, crisply detailed outdoor scenes featuring an animated teddy bear investigating an idyllic natural world. In the first, a sort of companion piece to Runaway Bunny, Bear toddles off into a field of tall May flowers, but sings to a left-behind parent that though distances may separate them, "It's a long time that I'll love you, / Never, never go away." The bear/child then bends down to examine a world in which "little things creep / In their green grass forests deep . . . ." Next he experiences as much as hears "The Song of Wind and Rain," and finally finishes with an excursion along a river bank to watch little boats go "Slow slow / In the soft fall of the snow." Though Jeffers confesses that she isn't sure whether Brown considered these rough drafts or finished pieces, they read smoothly enough, and the lovely pictures make them into small stories that capture their sense as well as their depth of feeling perfectly. (Picture book. 5-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786805099
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
04/30/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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