My Favorite Bear

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This reassuring, easy-to-read bedtime story for toddlers sweetly introduces the eight species of bears around the world as a mother bear soothes her cub to sleep.

Richly textured and realistic illustrations wrap readers in the warmth of this loving story. Additional facts at the end of the book for young naturalists to grow with make this the perfect book for parents and little cubs to share.

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Overview

This reassuring, easy-to-read bedtime story for toddlers sweetly introduces the eight species of bears around the world as a mother bear soothes her cub to sleep.

Richly textured and realistic illustrations wrap readers in the warmth of this loving story. Additional facts at the end of the book for young naturalists to grow with make this the perfect book for parents and little cubs to share.

As Mama bear puts her child to bed, she shares a lullaby about bears of the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A charming book with a precious story of a mother bear letting her baby cub know that, although there are many, many different and interesting bears in this world, the one she loves the most is her own little sleepy cub. Brown bears, black bears, polar bears, panda bears, spectacled bears, and sloth bears are illustrated in bold drawings that are sure to enchant children. Bears from around the world are shown frolicking in fields, climbing trees, swimming, eating honey, eating fish or bamboo, and just sleeping. Some bears hunt for food at night, and some are shown looking at the starlit sky. It is an excellent choice of a book for an older sibling or a parent or grandparent to read to a preschooler at bedtime. At the end of the book, there is a page of facts about the various bears showing a drawing of each bear described. The book is reinforced for library use. 2003, Whispering Coyote/Charlesbridge Publishing, Ages 5 to 10.
— Sally Niezgoda
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A mother bear tells her cub about all the kinds of bears there are in the world as she cuddles her baby to sleep. Large, naturalistic pictures done in soft-focus pastel depict a variety of bears eating, exploring, and lying around. Most of the illustrations are given lush two-page spreads that highlight the creatures' personalities and habitats. The brief text rhymes, though it doesn't always flow smoothly. Still, parents will enjoy curling up with their own children and teddy bears, and exploring the story together, which concludes with the cub fast asleep and well loved. A page at the back of the book gives some brief information about the different species featured in the story. -Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580890397
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Gabriel lives with her cat Jasper in Seattle, Washington, where she can often be found lurking in coffee shops on rainy afternoons. Much of her time is spent drawing, writing, or talking with schoolchildren, but she also loves visiting with friends and family or hiking in the Cascades. She hopes one day to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. She has illustrated several children's books, including WHERE DO I SLEEP?, which won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. MY FAVORITE BEAR is the first book she has both written and illustrated.

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