A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
The vast dark lurking outside the cave is frightening to Little Bear (and may be to little listeners, too), although the situation is resolved in the security of Big Bear's arms.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the familiar story and charming illustrations have children turning pages and chanting along with the dialogue.
Is It Any Good?
As reassuring as a goodnight hug, this sweet tale of a little one's fear of the dark will ring familiar to young listeners and to their parents. Big Bear epitomizes parental devotion, as he goes to any extent to comfort his little charge. This is a good bedtime book, lulling in its repetition, and the children love saying Little Bear's repeated "I'm afraid!" each time the reader asks the title question.
The pencil and watercolor illustrations, surrounded by an arch-shaped border, echo the shape of the bears' cave. They are soft in tone and capture the bears' expressions. "That's just what I do!" one 4-year-old girl said as she studied the illustrations of Little Bear attempting to fall asleep. When the story was over, she turned to her mother and asked, "Will you read this to me before bed?"
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