The Bear Who Didn't Like Honey

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dubbed "Scaredy Bear!" by his brother and sisters, Little Bear is anxious about many things-the dark, the water and, most of all, honeybees. To save face, he tells his family that he's "the Bear Who Doesn't Like Honey" and sets off to find something to eat that's better (and less dangerous). The timid bruin soon learns the meaning of bravery, however, when he overcomes his fear of heights in order to save a cub stuck in a tree. After that, swiping honey from bees and sleeping in a dark cave no longer seem so scary. Moraes's loose, fluid watercolors pick up visually on the whimsical cues in Maitland's tale, and he fills his forest world with plump and appealing creatures. Inviting sympathy for an all-too-familiar predicament, this British import-a debut for both author and illustrator-should resonate with its audience. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2If judged solely by its cover and illustrations, this attractive book would be a hit. Unfortunately, the story does not provide any additional support. Moraes's watercolor paintings will delight readers. Bright, double-page spreads are used throughout. The layout is uncluttered and the eye falls naturally to the central action. The predictable story line, however, is weak and unimaginative, and the language lacks a good sense of rhythm. Little Bear tells everyone that he doesn't like various activities when the fact is they frighten him. Resolution comes when he finds himself in a position to rescue a younger bear from a dangerous situation. Little Bear's parents are not supportive; they fail to make any attempt to help their cub work through his fear and are oblivious to the effects of his siblings' teasing. A stranger helps him to accept his fears and recognize his strengths. Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth's "Little Bear" books (Candlewick) are better choices.Dawn Ibey, Vancouver Public Library, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Little Bear becomes a master of equivocation to avoid confronting his fears. He's not frightened by the night—he just isn't tired. He's not scared of the water—he just feels cold. And he's not afraid of bees—he just doesn't like honey. "Scaredy Bear, Scaredy Bear!" his siblings tease. Then, when a tiny cub stuck up in a tree calls out for help, Little Bear's own fears melt away. He rescues the wee bear and after being praised by its parent, feels confident enough to take on a buzzing hive and get himself some honey. Fuzzy watercolors give the book a suitably cozy feel, and even the bees—with their big red clown noses and stingers shaped like chocolate chips—seem more likely to snuggle than scare. Predictable cuddliness, but comforting to preschoolers about to commence their own foraging.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531095461
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.49 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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