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A little bear and a big bear spend the day picnicking and playing until it is time to go home and sleep and dream. Along the way, little bear asks big bear questions about nature and life, and big bear’s answers show all the wisdom and patience that every parent wishes for. Rhyming text and charming illustrations celebrate both curiosity and the wonder of the natural world.
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Overview

A little bear and a big bear spend the day picnicking and playing until it is time to go home and sleep and dream. Along the way, little bear asks big bear questions about nature and life, and big bear’s answers show all the wisdom and patience that every parent wishes for. Rhyming text and charming illustrations celebrate both curiosity and the wonder of the natural world.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
In a series of simple, rhymed couplets, a cuddly young bear asks a caring large bear a series of questions throughout a day, like, "Why does the sun come and light up the day?" and "Why does the wind rush around in the air?" As he explores, plays with a friend, and picnics, he receives answers relating to the wonders and delights of the day. The stream gurgles and babbles to whisper, "Dip in your toes for a dabble." The rain wets the world and the picnic "To help grow the things that we need…" As night falls and the moon rises "like a lamp in the sky," the small bear snuggles in bed to sleep "deeply till dawn." The setting is a naturalistic, bucolic, fairy-tale springtime. The bears are anthropomorphically huggable. Two companions, a lively rabbit and a friendly mouse, add to the story. A pastel softness evokes the feeling that "all's right with the world." Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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PreS-Gr 2

With childlike wonder, a young bear asks questions about the natural world, such as "Why does the sun come and light up the day?" A big bear patiently answers: "To wake you from sleep so you come out to play." As the pair enjoy a picnic in the woods, they reflect upon why the path winds ("To take us on journeys and lead us to friends"), why the rain falls ("To help grow the things that we need to feed you"), why the sky thunders ("It's the song of the storm"), and more. As evening falls, the youngster inquires, "But what am I meant for and why am I here?" and is answered with a reassuring, "To live and to wonder, my darling, my dear." Howard's charming, soft-edged illustrations show the cub's exploration throughout the day, from dipping paws into a babbling stream to gazing at a full moon. The affection the characters feel for one another shines through in their gentle facial expressions and the paintings' warm colors. A sweet tale of discovery.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

Kirkus Reviews
Parents not eager to answer incessant "why" questions from their toddlers may wish to stay away from this existential tale about curiosity. A young bear wants to know, "Why do the daisies squeeze up from the grass?" Parent bear replies, "To drink in the light as the dreamy days pass." " ‘Why does the sky go all rumbly with thunder?' / ‘To give us a shiver and fill us with wonder.' " The big bear has an endless supply of patience and is quite a poet to boot, ably answering the young one's many questions. Howard's illustrations are soft and consciously cute, gradually including a number of different animals as the bears make their progress. Although both bears remain genderless in the text, and the big bear sports no distinguishing characteristics beyond a benign smile, the small bear wears a red cape and brandishes a sword-an unfortunate if unstated association of masculinity with curiosity. The rhymes are effective and children certainly do ask "why"-it's up to their parents how creative they might be in their own answers. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375850837
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Mitton has written over 25 picture books, including Once Upon a Tide, Riggledy Piggledy and Tale of Tales. He lives with his wife and two very curious children in Cambridge, England.

Paul Howard began his award-winning career as an illustrator in answer to a friend’s question: “Would you please do the drawings for my book?” Since then, he has illustrated dozens more books. He lives in Belfast, Ireland, with his wife and three very curious children.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Highly recommend

    I call my son Little Bear and he is a very curious two year old.
    This book is earthy and answers lots of science questions just right for toddlers. LOVE IT!

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