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Dog and Bear: Two's Company

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Three quick, cute tales ideal for young readers.

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While Dog is more boisterous and emotional, Bear is quieter, wiser, and a bit more parental; together they make a great team and have the kind of friendship most of us admire. When Dog threatens to run away because he is angry, Bear stands aside, even offering his help in a quiet, non-judgmental way. That is, until the very last moment, when he offers ice cream, which as most of us know can be a great healer of hurt feelings.

This, and both of the other two stories in DOG AND BEAR: TWO'S COMPANY, are told in language that is lively when read aloud yet easy enough for a beginning reader to tackle. With their thick black outlines and gold-toned primary colors, the illustrations are appealing, and charming in their warm simplicity. The first book in this series, Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories, won the 2007 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Most of Laura Vaccaro Seeger's other books also have won various awards. She has also created award-winning TV animation, and it's easy to see that her background in graphic design has influenced her work in a very positive way.

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