I Lost My Bear

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Text and pictures work together perfectly.

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Parents need to know that comic-style pictures and uproarious text keep kids interested.

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What's the story?

Oh, no! A little girl's favorite stuffed toy is GONE! Her parents won't help, but her sister thinks she should throw another toy and see if it finds the first one. But which to pick? And how to avoid hurting any of the toys' feelings? The always hilarious Feiffer captures the inner workings of a preschooler's mind with impressive perception.

 

Is it any good?

Jules Feiffer's seamless blend of scribbled text and cartoon art captures every nuance of the young heroine's feelings. The reader stays in complete sympathy with the little girl even when she's pouting. Adults can expect their kids to squeal with delight at the girl's all-too-recognizable antics.

Rarely do text and pictures work together this perfectly. But in the hands of a master the tiniest curlicue carries a tremendous freight of character, hilarity, and poignancy. It's a good thing this book is so much fun for adults, because their children will want to hear it again and again. And while kids point and laugh at the little girl's ever-changing expressions and the havoc she makes of the house, parents and grandparents will smile in recognition of Feiffer's wise insights into young children.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the girl's search. Have you ever lost -- and eventually found -- a treasured toy? Where did you find it?

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