Mr. Bear Says I Love You

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Comforting illustrations and sweet verse.





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Parents need to know that this book draws children in with soothing illustrations and easy-to-repeat words.

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What's the story?

The title character and his child explore the world around them, complete with "bugs and slugs and butterflies," in this lullaby of a board book. The comforting illustrations and sweet verse make this a favorite among little ones. What's more, older siblings may read along with the rhyming words.

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One word describes MR. BEAR SAYS I LOVE YOU: comforting. The illustrations, coupled with musical language, pull little ones into the simple story as Mr. Bear and his cub meet and greet the creatures around them. Tots will recognize such familiar creatures as ladybugs, grasshoppers, ducks, and owls. But best of all, the book ends with cuddles from father to child, professing absolute love.

In the book's gentle drawings, Mr. Bear always wears a subtle smile, and his little cub's furry face has the inquisitive look of a child. Although it is short, the book attracts attention from more than one age group. One 18-month-old picks it up again and again, lulled by its illustrations and singsong words -- he even gives out a kiss as Mr. Bear declares his love for his cub -- and his 4-year-old brother prides himself on reading along with his mother.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the animals in Mr. Bear's world. Which are your favorite? Why?

Book details

Author:Debi Gliori
Illustrator:Debi Gliori
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:January 1, 1995
Number of pages:10
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 4

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