BEAR AND BUNNY by Daniel Pinkwater

BEAR AND BUNNY

Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Although close friends Bear and Bunny live independently, they decide to acquire a pet together.

In a palette of gentle pastels, two benign, softly cartoonish characters move through pages of woodland and meadow, talking and singing, apart and together. Refreshingly, the animals appear equally content whether together or on their own. They sing. “Wandering together / Wandering together / Wandering together to see what we can see.” This particular little ditty and its pastoral illustration strongly evoke A.A. Milne’s Pooh and Piglet. The youngest readers will be delighted by their own relative sophistication in comparison to the furry friends: “You see, the bear is sure the bunny is a very small bear. The bunny is sure the bear is a very large bunny. This is not so, but it would be too hard to explain it to them. Besides, it doesn’t matter.” This same humor continues through a discussion about what makes an appropriate pet and on to the friends’ eventual choice: a green “kitty” that answers their questions with, “CROAK!” The somewhat lengthy text has a good midpoint for stopping: the first of two naps by the animal friends, before their discussion of pets. The last page of the book is sweet but weak, ending in a conversation; readers may wish that the author had ended with the same narrative voice that so beautifully opens the book.

Whimsical, pretty, and endearing. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Dec. 8th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7636-7153-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2015




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