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The Bear's Sea Escape

By Joanna H. Kraus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Detailed art is best part of lost-cub fantasy adventure.

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In THE BEAR'S SEA ESCAPE Benjamin Chaud's inimitable illustrations are fanciful and extraordinarily rich in detail. However, the the content is not as smoothly plotted nor the text as smoothly written as in The Bear's Song. Nor does it have the same sweet appeal. Although the message of affection between the two bears is clear, and it's obviously a fantasy, questions are raised that strain credibility. How does a boy walk off with a live bear in a busy department store and confuse it with a toy? How can Papa Bear swim in the sea underwater? Although Little Bear presumably wants a place to hibernate, he also pursues an international adventure without a thought for his worried Papa until he finally summons him with a tune.

While the story is not as well done as is The Bear's Song, the illustrations are equally vibrant and delightful.

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