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THE BEAR WHO DIDN'T LIKE HONEY by Barbara Maitland

THE BEAR WHO DIDN'T LIKE HONEY

By Barbara Maitland (Author) , Odilon Moraes (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-531-09546-0
Publisher: Orchard

 Little Bear becomes a master of equivocation to avoid confronting his fears. He's not frightened by the night--he just isn't tired. He's not scared of the water--he just feels cold. And he's not afraid of bees--he just doesn't like honey. ``Scaredy Bear, Scaredy Bear!'' his siblings tease. Then, when a tiny cub stuck up in a tree calls out for help, Little Bear's own fears melt away. He rescues the wee bear and after being praised by its parent, feels confident enough to take on a buzzing hive and get himself some honey. Fuzzy watercolors give the book a suitably cozy feel, and even the bees--with their big red clown noses and stingers shaped like chocolate chips--seem more likely to snuggle than scare. Predictable cuddliness, but comforting to preschoolers about to commence their own foraging. (Picture book. 3-6)