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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Sweet picture book meant to entertain.
Love and connection are consistent even though life changes.
Positive Role Models
The girl sees how important and special Bear is and treats him with kindness.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bear Is a Bear, by Jonathan Stutzman, uses simple words and careful phrasing to tell a heartwarming story of a special friendship changing as a girl grows up, with illustrator Dan Santat's colorful images bringing hearth, warmth, and emotion to the pages. This is an excellent book to read aloud and for young readers to learn sight words, and parents might even feel a bit of nostalgia for their favorite stuffed animals from their own childhood.
Is It Any Good?
Dan Santat's gorgeous, colorful illustrations are the first thing readers will notice about this beautiful book, and Jonathan Stutzman's kind words bring warmth and love to each page. Bear Is a Bear is a wonderful way for young kids to see their feelings of love and attachment to beloved stuffed animals brought to life, and to know that these friends can be with them their entire lives.
The words are simple, rhythmic, and combine realities of life with kids' imaginary life with their stuffed animals, and the illustrations capture facial expressions perfectly. This is a great read-aloud book, especially at bedtime.
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