This lament will strike an emotional chord with anyone who bemoans missing even a minute of fun.
Little Bear is afraid his friends will forget about him during his long winter sleep, and he also fears he will miss out on lots of fun. Squirrel and Mole imaginatively try to show Bear what snow is like, with acorns and muddy puddle splashes standing in for falling snow. It isn’t long before mud “snow” balls are flying thickly. The friends have a blast making snow angels in the sandy soil, but then Bear realizes that his friends will continue playing even after he must go to sleep. Will they want to play with him again in the spring? Mother’s words help console the forlorn tot, “True friends are always there for you.” And with spring’s arrival, Bear’s friends do have one last thing to show him about snow. Edgson’s characters are the epitome of exuberance and joy. Adorable faces capture emotions, while the warm colors of the forest setting add to the emotional tone.
A reassuring way to address that age-old heartbreak of feeling left out and having to miss fun times with friends. (Picture book. 3-7)