Three Bears in a Boat

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From the co-creator of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series comes a high seas adventure inspired by the classic picture books Little Bear and Where the Wild Things Are.
 
Three bear siblings break their mother’s favorite blue seashell, and rather than tell her, they decide to set out in their sailboat to find her a new one. On their quest they encounter salty sailors, strange new islands, huge whales, and vast seas but no ...

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Overview

From the co-creator of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series comes a high seas adventure inspired by the classic picture books Little Bear and Where the Wild Things Are.
 
Three bear siblings break their mother’s favorite blue seashell, and rather than tell her, they decide to set out in their sailboat to find her a new one. On their quest they encounter salty sailors, strange new islands, huge whales, and vast seas but no blue seashells. When a treacherous storm suddenly blows in, the three bears find themselves tossed about in their little boat, far from Mama. What will become of their search, and what will it take to bring them safely home?
 
This read aloud shares its best qualities with classic picture books: breath-taking illustrations, epic adventure, and a subtle message about taking responsibility for your actions.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
Soman's tale…gets a lift from his big, beautiful watercolors of islands, catboats and some very dramatic waves.
Publishers Weekly
★ 02/24/2014
Soman, co-creator of the bestselling Ladybug Girl series, makes his first solo effort, one that gives his artwork plenty of opportunities to shine. Dash, Theo, and Charlie, three young bears, have broken their mother’s treasured blue shell in an attempt to reach the honey jar on the mantel. Rather than confess (they’re “Afraid of their mama, who, after all, was a bear”), they conspire to replace the shell before she gets home, setting off boldly to search for one in their sailboat. Their journey allows Soman to paint both comic vignettes (the bears meet a dory called “Melville” loaded with dogged-looking whalers and a harpoon) and breathtaking sea scenes as the bears get tossed by the huge green waves of a storm, meet some whales, and, in one particularly beautiful spread, sail along a glittering trail of light on the ocean waves. Soman manages to suggest the gentle colors and textures of old color lithography, giving the pages the feeling of a dog-eared vintage find. Although the artwork draws most of the attention, the understated writing and steady pacing offer solid support. Ages 3–5. (May)
School Library Journal
★ 04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Breaking a prized blue seashell while their mother is away and knowing they'll be in big trouble, three mischievous bears set out to sea to find a replacement. The plot is simple, yet the bears don't find what they're looking for immediately. They search, fight with one another, and even get caught in the middle of a storm. Their adventures will keep readers interested, making the story a great read-aloud, and the mother bear will leave readers with an ending that will appease parents everywhere. The gorgeous, bright and detailed illustrations are a perfect fit for the text. A first purchase for all.—Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-17
Taking a break from Ladybug Girl, Soman uses his watercolors to paint a playful tale of responsibility. When Dash, Charlie and Theo—three sibling bears growing up by the sea—break their mother's treasured blue seashell while attempting to get into the honey pot, they don't 'fess up. They instead sail away in their boat, thinking maybe they can find another shell to replace the broken one before their mother gets home. An old, "salty bear" advises them to sail to a faraway island, but when they get there, there's no shell. A sudden storm, conveyed in a brilliant page turn, helps the quarreling bears realize both their common vulnerability and their culpability, and they sail home, finding a blue shell on their own beach. They apologize to Mama Bear, offering the replacement shell. She forgives them, of course, but with a twist that will make readers smile as they remember another naughty adventurer and his "still hot" dinner. Filled with illustrations that insert lighthearted visual nods to classic books (a boat named Melville is filled with Moby Dick–ish bears, and a raft carries Huckleberry Finn–like bears), this tale is a treat for both eye and ear. Humorous and intelligent—and with watercolor seascapes so luminous that readers will want to jump in—this is a book to be treasured for years to come. (Picture book. 2-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803739932
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 70,218
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Soman illustrates the Ladybug Girl books, which he also writes with his wife. Mr. Soman comes from a family of artists. He is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as at The Mill Street Loft, a non-profit arts education center in the Hudson Valley. He lives with his wife and two kids in upstate New York. This is the first picture book he has written and illustrated himself.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

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    There¿s something about these three brown bears and their stylin

    There’s something about these three brown bears and their styling wardrobe that captured my heart. While mother bear was out these three bears decided to have a bit of honey and whoops, mothers pretty blue seashell smashed to the floor. All three of these siblings know what a big bear mother bear is, so they decide they better climb into their boat and find mother bear another blue seashell before she returns. Sounds easy to three little bears but it don’t really turn out that way. Using bright colorful pictures, the bears chat with many different bears in the open sea, hoping that one of them knows the location of these blue seashells. When they meet a salty bear, he gives them vague directions but it gives them hope and off they go. It’s a grand adventure with lots of obstacles but their journey brings the siblings closer together. The expressions on the bear’s faces and the experiences the bears have are just wonderful and children will love this book as I truly enjoyed it. The language had its up and downs using a few difficult words that might need explaining like yonder or incident and then some childish language thrown in that fit the moment. I might just have to buy this one for my own library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Feel in love with the illustrations of this book at the book sto

    Feel in love with the illustrations of this book at the book store so decided to buy for my boys. Great story and  my boys,2 and 5, love it. So glad we added it to our library. 

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