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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Baby Bear is shown sitting in his mother's lap in the moving van, rather than in his own car seat.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the book's illustrations skillfully portray the emotional hollowness of an unoccupied home. Through Frank Asch's accessible prose, young children will be drawn in by Baby Bear's ritualized farewell to his house.
Is It Any Good?
Asch's text and artwork are a perfect fit here; the uncomplicated pictures are a reflection of the simply worded tale that helps kids cope with the stress of relocation. The bright illustrations are framed by a thin black line, encapsulating the pictures. The rounded figures and large eyes of the entire family render each of them childlike, making them appealing to young audiences.
While books for children of all ages about moving are numerous, this deals solely with bidding farewell to the old home. The Bear family, a perennial favorite among preschoolers, handles this situation in a practical manner. By methodically going through the house with Baby Bear to say goodbye, Papa Bear enables his son to have a small measure of control over the situation and a sense of completion.
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