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BUG AND BEAR:  A STORY OF TRUE FRIENDSHIP by Ann Bonwill

BUG AND BEAR: A STORY OF TRUE FRIENDSHIP

By Ann Bonwill (Author) , Layn Marlow (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: April 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5902-6
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Little blue Bug and little brown Bear become unlikely friends. Bear wants to take a nap, but Bug, with big eyes and a perpetual smile, wants to play, and buzzes all around Bear's head. (Bug's dialogue often snakes across the page in imitation of his flight pattern.) Bear lumbers off toward her cave and Bug gets distracted by some flowers. After counting to 10, he gives chase anew; maybe now Bear's ready to play! But no; frustrated and exhausted, Bear tells Bug to "Buzz off! Go jump in the lake!" and goes into her cave. But she tosses and turns and can't fall asleep. Maybe she should have been nicer to Bug? Bear finds Bug in the lake (that she told him to jump into!); he has been trying to be a water bug, and now he wants a nap. Just what Bear wants to hear; after a heartfelt apology, the two new friends share a snooze. Marlow's illustrations—in gouache, pencil, watercolor and crayon—have a soft focus, amplified by their being laid on a brown-cardstock background (like the inside of a cereal box). In vignettes and full- and double-page spreads, their gentle humor nicely enhances and advances Bonwill's deftly written tale. Apt for the very young. (Picture book. 3-6)