Big Bear’s sneezes keep him from hearing the things the fall wind is trying to tell him
Publishers WeeklyIt’s Bear versus the wind in this autumnal story. When Bear sneezes, he mistakenly believes that he is responsible for blowing the leaves off a tree. “Bear, can’t you see?/ The leaves flew down because of me,” says the billowing wind, whose gusts suggest an opera singer belting out a solo. “Wind, it wasn’t you,” Bear later insists, “the geese flew away when I sneezed/ Achoo!” Hillenbrand’s sweeping mixed-media spreads should stir up anticipation for apple-picking season, though the angry, tempestuous wind has the potential to frighten some younger readers. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Miranda McClainThe leaves and apples are falling from the trees, the geese have all taken flight and it is all because of poor Bear's terrible sneeze. Or is it? Every time Bear sneezes something dreadful seems to happen and he is convinced it is his fault no matter what the wind tells him. Finally, frustrated with being unable to convince bear that she is the reason for the changes, the wind loses her temper, shouts at him and slams his door and bear realizes his mistake. This cute story is told in rhyme with an easy rhythm that only occasionally is forced. Children will delight in knowing something bear does not and will laugh at his silly attempts to make things right. The mixed media illustrations add whimsy to the poetic feel of the story and are beautifully rendered. This would be a great book for an autumn story time but will entertain readers year round. Reviewer: Miranda McClain
School Library JournalPreS-K—Bumbling Big Bear is back in another misadventure. In this autumn-themed installment, he believes that his sneezes are causing leaves and apples to drop from trees and geese to migrate. The wind tries to convince him otherwise, as she knows she is the real source of these events. Finally, with a "deep breath" and a "whirling, twirling mighty shout," Autumn Breeze shows Big Bear her powers. The large, mixed-media illustrations are lively and appealing, and readers will find humor in the scene in which Big Bear is trying to tack all of the fallen leaves back onto branches. This title will appeal to young children, especially where Big Bear has a fan base.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
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Engaging story for little ones. Sweet story with a lesson taught in an entertaining way.