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DON’T WORRY BEAR by Greg Foley


by Greg Foley & illustrated by Greg Foley

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: March 1st, 2008
ISBN: 0670062456
Publisher: Viking

For the second in the Thank You Bear series, Foley once again manages to convey maximum message with minimal text and illustration. While out for a walk, Bear meets a new friend, Caterpillar, who is working very hard. He tells bear that he is making a cocoon: “I’ll stay inside for a while. But I promise you’ll see me again.” Bear is not convinced, and must check up on his friend when it gets dark, on a particularly windy day, when it rains, and again when it gets cold. Each time, from inside his cocoon, Caterpillar reassures him: “Don’t worry, Bear.” In the spring, Bear finally stops worrying, only to find an empty cocoon on the ground. A colorful silk moth’s words help him recognize his transformed friend. Foley’s illustrations are perfect for shared group readings with a younger audience—body language and facial expression speak volumes, while the plain earth-toned background colors set the tone for the changing seasons and weather. Aside from the characters, the only other objects in the illustrations are the branch of Caterpillar’s tree and a few leaves or snowflakes to denote the season. A great book to share with little ones who face a prolonged absence from a beloved friend or relative. (Picture book. 3-6)