BEAR IN LOVE by Daniel Pinkwater

BEAR IN LOVE

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

A friendly little whodunit results in an unexpected romance between a bear and a bunny.

Bear lives in “a little cave, just big enough for him,” but it turns out that he has room for companionship. One morning he comes across a carrot lying on a flat rock, and not sure what it is, the bear decides to take a nibble. Delighted, he walks through the woods singing a song evocative of Winnie-the-Pooh’s hums. Two carrots appear the next day, and Bear begins to wonder who has left them. “Crunchy things! Three of them!” he exclaims on day three, and then he finds a whole pile of carrots on the fourth day. “Someone must like me to leave these good things,” he muses, and then he stumbles across a honey tree and decides to bring a piece of honeycomb for his secret admirer. This act of reciprocity instigates an ongoing gift exchange, culminating when the bear finds a bunny hiding in a bush. Mutual admiration overflows as the no-longer-secret admirers offer appreciation for the gifts they exchanged and then join in song at book’s end. While the story is awfully sweet, Hillenbrand’s mixed-media illustrations are what distinguish this picture book. Faintly rendered backgrounds offset characters and foreground settings, lending a truly fresh look to the compositions.

There’s lots to love here. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7636-4569-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2012




MORE BY DANIEL PINKWATER

ChildrenMRS. NOODLEKUGEL AND FOUR BLIND MICE by Daniel Pinkwater
by Daniel Pinkwater
ChildrenBUSHMAN LIVES! by Daniel Pinkwater
by Daniel Pinkwater
ChildrenMRS. NOODLEKUGEL by Daniel Pinkwater
by Daniel Pinkwater

MORE BY WILL HILLENBRAND

ChildrenOFF WE GO! by Will Hillenbrand
by Will Hillenbrand
ChildrenKITE DAY by Will Hillenbrand
by Will Hillenbrand
ChildrenSNEEZE, BIG BEAR, SNEEZE! by Maureen Wright
by Maureen Wright

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenBAD BEARS AND A BUNNY by Daniel Pinkwater
by Daniel Pinkwater
ChildrenPENGUIN IN LOVE by Salina Yoon
by Salina Yoon
ChildrenKITE DAY by Will Hillenbrand
by Will Hillenbrand