Mimi and Bear in the Snow
  • Mimi and Bear in the Snow
  • Mimi and Bear in the Snow

Mimi and Bear in the Snow

by Janee Trasler
     
 

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Every day is more fun with a best friend by your side.

Wherever Mimi goes, Bear is sure to be there. But what happens when Mimi can't find Bear? Find out in this adorable board book that is sure to bring a big smile to anyone who has ever lost a beloved toy.

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Overview

Every day is more fun with a best friend by your side.

Wherever Mimi goes, Bear is sure to be there. But what happens when Mimi can't find Bear? Find out in this adorable board book that is sure to bring a big smile to anyone who has ever lost a beloved toy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/08/2014
It’s snowing, and Mimi, a girl rabbit in a woolly cap, embarks on a series of pretend-play adventures in the company of her stuffed blue bear. “When Mimi won the gold medal for best ice-skating, Bear was there,” writes Trasler (the Chickees series), as Mimi confidently glides across a tiny frozen pond while the toy sits attentively on a tree stump. But when Mimi is called inside, she realizes something is wrong, and the book’s refrain changes from “Bear was there” to “Bear was not there.” Will Mimi ever see Bear again? Since readers can see where Bear has been left, there’s little doubt that this separation is only temporary, but that doesn’t make Mimi and her situation any less sympathetic. Trasler skillfully characterizes Mimi as understandably anxious but also resolutely independent, and the story’s wrap-up also underscores Mimi’s ability to solve problems on her own. The softly textured, substantial shapes of Trasler’s illustrations reinforce the subtle emotional narrative—just like Mimi, the pictures have a plainspoken eloquence and an intriguing dimensionality. Ages 1–4. Agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Oct.)
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"The softly textured, substantial shapes of Trasler’s illustrations reinforce the subtle emotional narrative—just like Mimi, the pictures have a plainspoken eloquence and an intriguing dimensionality." -- Publishers Weekly
"Trasler's gentle tale beautifully captures a child's love for a dependable, cuddly friend, no matter if it is inanimate . . . Warm and fuzzy and very reassuring." -- Kirkus Reviews
 
"A sweet, charming story that young children will enjoy." -- School Library Journal
 
 

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Mimi and her stuffed bear enjoy a day in the snow. Bear watches while Mimi ice-skates on the frozen pond. Mimi makes fancy hats out of snow, twigs and berries for a make-believe tea with the queen. When Mimi makes a scary, hairy snow beast, Bear is lying on the ground between the two big snowballs and becomes part of the snow monster. Mimi cannot find Bear when it is time to go inside.and is sad when she goes to bed. Next morning the snow has melted and Mimi begins her search for Bear. She looks by the skating pond; she looks by the site of the tea; and she looks for the scary beast. There is Bear! The story is sweet and the illustrations are charming—but they may cause some confusion for young readers. Mimi is depicted as a cuddly, soft rabbit. She resembles a stuffed toy and appears to be of the same “species” as Bear, so youngsters may wonder why Bear does not need a warm coat and hat, such as Mimi wears, and why he seemingly suffers no harm from a night in the snow. The distinction between Mimi and her toy is not clear. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.; Ages 3 to 6.
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
PreS—Mimi, a rabbit, spends all day playing in the snow with her toy bear. When it is time to go inside, Bear is nowhere to be found. Sad and lonely, Mimi goes in without him. When she awakes, she is determined to find her faithful friend. As she ventures outside, she realizes that the snow has disappeared; fortunately, Bear has not. Children will relate to this special friendship. Mimi's face depicts various expressions young children will be able to understand. Background illustrations are done in muted colors to represent the landscape and cold weather. Mimi and her beloved bear, however, are depicted in vibrant colors, making them stand out on the page. A sweet, charming story that young children will enjoy.—Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-27
Mimi's beloved toy accompanies her everywhere she goes. On a lovely snowy day, she goes outside to play, and Bear is there to watch and applaud her wintry triumphs. She ice-skates on a puddle and wins an imaginary gold medal. She makes an extravagant, decorated snow hat for herself and one for Bear. But when she completes a hairy snow beast and is ready to end her adventures, Bear is nowhere to be found, and she must return home without him. The next day, the snow has melted, and her skating rink and the snow hats are all gone, but there, in place of the melted snow beast, is Bear. Now Mimi keeps Bear safely tucked in a backpack wherever she goes, so she will never lose him again. Employing brief descriptive sentences and repeating the mantra "Bear was there," Trasler's gentle tale beautifully captures a child's love for a dependable, cuddly friend, no matter if it is inanimate. Mimi, who is a bunny, and Bear stand out in brightly hued red, gold and blue, while the snowy setting is rendered in soft whites, grays and greens. Sharp-eyed young readers will notice Bear as he is caught in the makings of the snow beast and will want to tell Mimi where to look. Warm and fuzzy and very reassuring. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374349714
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
865,610
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

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