Could the bear have a secret friend? Who is leaving him surprises? The ever-lovable Daniel Pinkwater spins a funny and sweetly offbeat story.
Features an audio read-along performed by the author! One morning, the bear finds something just outside his cave. It is orange and long and pointy and has bushy green leaves at one end. And it’s sweet and crunchy! Where did it come from? Did someone leave it for him? Then there are two more of the sweet crunchy things the next morning! The bear knows that someone nice is leaving him these treats. If only he could discover who it is! Should he leave something tasty in return? With the help of Will Hillenbrand’s endearing illustrations, the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater spins a charming little mystery about unexpected kindnesses and finding that extra-special someone.
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|Age Range:||2 - 5 Years|
About the Author
Daniel Pinkwater is the author of Mrs. Noodlekugel and many other books for children. Not all of his friends are human beings (the species to which Daniel Pinkwater belongs). He knows that friendship can be sweet and crunchy, even when the friend is quite different from oneself. Daniel Pinkwater lives in New York State.
Will Hillenbrand has written and illustrated dozens of books, including Don't Slam the Door! by Dori Chaconas, Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich, This Little Piggy by Jane Yolen, and Kiss the Cow! by Phyllis Root. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
About Me: Childhood, Family, Interests
I’m the youngest of four boys and I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. My mom, Alice, was a stay-at-home mom and my dad was a barber. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
My favorite sport is baseball. I played baseball in the side yard with my brothers hour after hour. We also played on the same organized team. I love all four seasons, but my favorite is winter. I always loved how an overnight snow shower could paint the whole landscape white, changing it like magic. Then I would make a big snowman. A block and a half away from my home was my second home: the public library. There I met many new friends and they told me their stories. So I kept coming back for more and more and more. I fell in love with art in books at the library. I have one son and his name is Ian. Ian is a geologist. I’ve known my wife almost my entire life. I think we both fell in love with books together and have been in love with books ever since.
My Journey to Become a Writer/Illustrator
My mom said I was born with a pencil in my hand because as soon as I could hold a pencil, I started to draw. I’m still drawing. I didn’t have an art teacher until I was in public high school. Mr. Ertel taught me all about art. I wouldn’t be an artist without his help. After high school, I went to the Art Academy of Cincinnati. There I made new friends, other artists like me. I continued my education at Ohio State University, where I met Dr. Ken Marantz. Ken was the person who connected me to the world of picture books and gave me the wings to fly into the stories. Dr. Marantz and I became lifelong friends. I am now the illustrator-in-residence and writer-in-residence at Kent State University.
About My Work: My Books and Artistic Process
Illustrating a book is its own journey, whether you are drawing little piggies who eat roast beef or piggies having none. There’s always a lot of thinking and planning that goes into picture-making. I love illustrating books because it can take you forward or backward in time, even sideways. I get a chance to meet new characters. I also get to make friends with the authors of the books that I illustrate.
About My Work: Kids’ Reactions to My Books
I think young people and I have the same ideas about how we love the picture world in a story. Books and stories lighten us up. They illuminate the page and lighten up our minds and grow our imaginations.
Three Things You Didn’t Know about Me
1. You might not have known that I draw every day. Every day I draw because it makes me happy. Did you know that? You might have known that already.
2. My favorite fruit is blueberries. I think they might make me blue inside.
3. You may not have known that I have a learning disability. I’m dyslexic. Reading was difficult for me as a child and in a way it still is. But it didn’t hold me back from my dreams. In fact, I think in a way it helped me.
What People are Saying About This
The simple story’s design is nicely romanticized, with full-bleed, lightly sketched forest backgrounds spread out over long pages, with the placid action depicted in mixed-media browns and greens with gentle highlights. The book’s Pooh-like charm protects it from preciousness and makes for a tender tale about the satisfaction to be found in a fond, contented relationship.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My granddaughter (3 years old) absolutely loves this book. I believe it is the theme that Bear has a secret friend that surprises him with gifts, that she likes the most. She often quotes lines from this book throughout her daily chatter!!
When you first pick up Bear in Love you will fall totally in love with these delightful, loveable, gentle illustrations of bear as he ambles along through his day. Illustrator Will Hillenbrand has portrayed bear as a gentle giant and loveable critter for the young child to whom you will be reading this book. Most children have a stuffed teddy bear that they already love. So it is somewhat an understatement that they love bears already. Well, here is another that they will love. There are teddy bear stories abounding in libraries and book stores - example: Winnie the Pooh, that beloved Pooh-bear. So it is not a far stretch to say that the child in your life will fall in love with 'bear' in Bear in Love. Author Daniel Pinkwater understands children and what they like to hear and see in a story. So he has created a gentle bear who awakens to a gift from an unknown friend. A friend he wants to engage. A friend whom he, too, tries to befriend with a gift. Amble along with bear as he discovers his new friend. Enjoy the beautiful illustrations. Have the child to whom you are reading this book discover details in the art and in the story that enlighten and teach. Enjoy! DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of this delightful hardcover book by Candlewick Press for the purpose of rendering my honest, unsolicited review. I was under no obligation to speak positively of the book.