Kite Day (Bear and Mole Series)

Kite Day (Bear and Mole Series)

by Will Hillenbrand

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Overview

On a windy spring day, Bear sniffs the air.  Could it be. . . Kite day?
 
Rushing home he tells Mole, and the two fast friends get to work building a kite of their own. They study, and collect, and measure, and construct—and soon, their kite is flying high above the meadow.
 
But when a storm rumbles in—SNAP!—the kite string breaks, and all their hard work soars away. Chasing after it, Mole and Bear discover all is not lost—wedged in the branches of a tree, their kite protects a nest of baby birds from the pouring rain.
 
Will Hillenbrand's Bear and Mole series is the perfect choice for storytime sharing or reading aloud. Strong verbs, repetitive phrases, and fun-to-read sounds keep young listeners and readers engaged with the story, while the gentle illustrations add detail and quiet humor.  Kids will delight in poring over these books again and again.
 
Don't miss the other Bear and Mole titles, including All For a Dime, Spring is Here, and First Star!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

* "The joyful, exuberant protagonists are set against broad expanses of field and sky, and plenty of white space. This cheerful picture book is a felicitous blend of short text and brightly colored mixedmedia illustrations. It is a winner for storytimes."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
 
"In this breezy kite affair, the adorable duo of Bear and Mole is back again, reveling in nature. . . Sophisticated compositions are cinematic or sequentially kinetic, cleverly matching the author’s playful use of onomatopoeia. Muted tones that begin the tale give way to darker and more dramatic hues, creating a powerful shift, both visually and emotionally.  This gentle and charming read-aloud will make young audiences 'awww' with delight."—Kirkus Reviews

"Bring this out on a breezy day to inspire a session of kite-making or wind exploration, or share it as part of a kite-themed storytime."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Publishers Weekly

In 2011’s Spring Is Here! Mole worked to awaken Bear from his winter hibernation; both are up and at ’em in this sequel, in which a windy day has Bear rushing to find Mole so they can fly a kite together. Hillenbrand devotes several spreads to the creation of the kite, emphasizing teamwork and the pleasures of construction. The friends’ bright clothing and the gold of the kite stand out like beacons against the muted mixed-media backgrounds, especially when a storm moves in and threatens the fun. The ending, in which the escaped kite finds a new purpose, is a tad abrupt, but narrative repetition and onomatopoeia make this as satisfying a readaloud as its predecessor. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)

School Library Journal

PreS—Having determined that the wind is just right for flying kites, Bear and Mole investigate how to make one, gather the materials required, and test out their finished product, with unexpected results. The joyful, exuberant protagonists are set against broad expanses of field and sky, and plenty of white space. This cheerful picture book is a felicitous blend of short text and brightly colored mixedmedia illustrations. It is a winner for storytimes.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

Kirkus Reviews

In this breezy kite affair, the adorable duo of Bear and Mole is back again, reveling in nature. Blue sky and a gusty day make for one ebullient Bear. Huffing home he gathers Mole to commence the kite-making. Together they collect, cut, construct--and find success with their kite until dark clouds appear. A broken string and a spool unspun leave the two racing through rain after a rainbow tail. But urgency turns to quiet joy when their loss (a broken kite) becomes a bird family's gain, as it shelters fledglings from the storm. Simple sentences, often three words or fewer, describe the action, while Hillenbrand's illustrations wonderfully animate the text. The artwork, digitally manipulated pencil with water-based coloring, has a lovely softness; the characters, with their plumpness and simplicity, are extremely appealing. Sophisticated compositions are cinematic or sequentially kinetic, cleverly matching the author's playful use of onomatopoeia. Muted tones that begin the tale give way to darker and more dramatic hues, creating a powerful shift, both visually and emotionally. This gentle and charming read-aloud will make young audiences "awww" with delight. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823427581
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Series: Bear and Mole Series , #2
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

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