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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows what bears eat and a little of what life is like for bears who live outdoors, but also shows an anthropomorphized bear who lives in a cabin and sleeps in a bed like humans.
Old Bear is kind and caring toward Little Cub and protective of him; Little Cub is very appreciative of this. The underlying message is that life is nicer when you share it with someone else.
Positive Role Models
Old Bear takes in a homeless, parentless cub and becomes very fond and protective of him. He's willing to have his life and routines disrupted and sees the rewards in living with someone, as opposed to having everything he needs to survive but living all alone with no one to share his bounty with.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Cub is a prequel to Olivier Dunrea's Old Bear and His Cub that shows readers how the characters from that first picture book met -- when both bears were living alone in the forest. Despite their age difference, they have a lot in common: They're both lonely. Little Cub wishes he had someone to teach him how to catch fish and get honey. Old Bear has plenty of fish and honey but wishes he had someone to share them with. The two come together in this gentle tale that's perfect for bedtime or anytime.
Is It Any Good?
LITTLE CUB is a sweet, gentle story of two bears who find that they fit together perfectly. Little Cub needs a mentor and guardian, and Old Bear needs companionship. This adoptive relationship echoes that of father and son or grandparent and grandchild. And it shows how happiness can come not from remaining set in your ways but by opening yourself up to sharing your life with another.
Olivier Dunrea's spare, emotive illustrations tell a lot about the characters in each image, making it easy for little ones to grasp the changes in the story as it builds.
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