Little Bear is on a quest to find the most precious thing in the whole wide world. She discovers beautiful treasures as she and her mother walk through the woods. A small blue stone that glitters in the sunshine looks like a lovely jewel. Mommy Bear acknowledges the stone's beauty, but tells Little Bear there is something much more valuable. When they come to a place of purple blackberries, Little Bear once again thinks she has come upon the greatest treasure. Mommy Bear gently says, "No." Soon a beautiful wild rose catches Little Bear's attention. Its silky petals and sweet smell are indeed lovely. But the search goes on. They find a fluffy yellow feather in a cobweb and admire the dazzling dance of hundreds of butterflies. Finally, Mommy Bear shares the secret. The most precious thing is better than all these treasures. The most precious thing is Little Bear. Softly colored pastel illustrations fill the pages of this oversized book as they convey the joy of the mother-child relationship. A good choice for reading aloud to preschoolers and/or sharing at bedtime.
School Library Journal
PreS-While walking in the woods one autumn morning, Little Bear and her mother find many treasures. The small cub discovers a glittering stone, a wild rose, a blue butterfly, and a feather caught in a spider's web. She declares each item to be "the most precious thing in the whole wide world," but each time, her mother insists that a more precious article remains to be found. Of course, that special object turns out to be Little Bear herself. The plot is not a new one and the ending is predictable, but getting there is fun, and toddlers will enjoy pointing out the "precious things" on each page. The illustrations-mostly pastel with a judicious use of jewel tones-contribute to the feelings of warm sunshine and mother-daughter bonding created by the text.-Daisy Porter, San Jose Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A ramble through the woods leads to the discovery of a mother's dearest treasure in this sweetly simple tale. During their daily jaunt, Little Bear and her mother uncover the secret bounty hidden among the shadows of the forest. However, twinkling blue stones, luscious berries and even impromptu dances with butterflies fail to measure up to Mommy Bear's mysterious heart's desire. Thus begins Little Bear's exuberant quest to reveal the truth. Lewis's tale meanders along at a comforting pace, with the gentle exchanges between mother and cub revealing their deeply held affection. While the revelation of Mommy Bear's most precious thing may come as no surprise to adult readers, it is a loving affirmation for youngsters. Ho's full-bleed illustrations rely upon soft verdant hues to capture the beauty of an autumnal forest. Her light-filled images artfully communicate Little Bear's sense of wonder and neatly complement the innocent sincerity of the tale. A loving tale straight from a mother's heart. (Picture book. 4-7)