Bear and Floppy of Found fame (2014) are back to soothe little fears.
A storm is noisily disrupting Bear’s attempt to sleep, and Floppy isn’t doing too well, either. Thunder rumbles, and Bear dives under the bed with Floppy. Mama comes into his bedroom under the pretense of needing comfort herself. Papa, looking uncertain, also needs Bear to help him through the storm. Bear is happy to oblige both of them. After a particularly loud boom, Mama and Papa return the favor and kiss Bear’s nose and tickle his ear. The storm eventually quiets, and all end up cuddled together in Bear’s bed. The refrain, “Bear felt better,” is repeated throughout the story as Mama and Papa use different strategies to help Bear overcome his anxiety. Readers will appreciate the graduating reassurances that range from self-soothing to group hugs. The ditty used by both Bear and his parents is hampered by faulty meter, a minor weak point: “I’ll hold you tight. I’ll keep you warm. / My love will keep you safe from the storm.” Yoon’s familiar digitized art evokes the texture of pastel crayons outlined in heavy black. Bear’s emotions are displayed to good effect with simple tweaks of eye and mouth positions.
Youngsters will empathize with Bear and derive comfort from the loving togetherness his family displays while keeping the storm at bay. (Picture book. 3-6)