There, Thereby Sam McBratney, Ivan Bates (Illustrator)
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From Guess How Much I Love You author Sam McBratney comes this tender story of the special kind of soothing comfort that a hug can bring, setting everything just right again.
"There, there" — one of the most soothing expressions in the English language. In this story, Little Hansie Bear loves to pretend, but walking like a duck can be hazardous, especially when he falls into a deep- down ditch and has to be helped out by his dad. With a "There, there" and a hug, Hansie is soon off to play again. So when Dad hurts his foot, Hansie knows just what to do — a "There, there," a big hug, and everything is all right again.
PreS-Gr 2—Hansie Bear is a bit clumsy. Although he has lots of ideas and imagination when it comes to pretending, he always gets bumped or scraped in some way. It would be fun to walk like a duck, he thinks, until he falls sideways into a ditch and hurts his knee. Digging his deepest hole ever just gets sand in his eyes, and he also falls off his swing and bumps his head. Luckily, Dad is there to rescue his cub. He puts a bandage on Hansie's knee, tells the little bear to "blinkety-blink" to clear his eyes, hugs him, and offers a timely "there, there…you'll be fine" after each mishap. With such comforting, Hansie is up and ready to play again. But later that afternoon, he sees his father coming home walking very slowly. Dad hurt his foot when he stepped on a thorn. Mom pulls it out, but Hansie knows just what to do to make his dad feel better: "There, there," he says with a hug, "we'll be all right now." The soft illustrations are done in mixed media; Bates has captured the warmth of a father's love for his son in the older bear's expressions, and Hansie is an adorable young bear, full of curiosity and energy. A fine portrayal of parental love and caring.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.46(w) x 10.82(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 6 Years
Meet the Author
Sam McBratney has been writing books for children for more than forty years. In addition to Guess How Much I Love You, which has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide, his books include the best-selling You’re All My Favorites. He lives in Northern Ireland.
Ivan Bates studied illustration at Manchester Polytechnic and has illustrated many books for children, including Just You and Me by Sam McBratney, Do Like A Duck Does! by Judy Hindley, and Five Little Ducks. He lives in England.
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