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BEAR OF MY HEART by Joanne Ryder


by Joanne Ryder & illustrated by Margie Moore

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Dec. 26th, 2006
ISBN: 0-689-85947-3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

No matter what they are doing, what their moods are, or how far apart they may be, a bear parent reassures a bear cub that she will always be there: “You are the bear of my heart, dear, / and I am the one who loves you.” In gentle rhyming verse, Ryder follows a bear and her cub through their day, seeing new things, splashing, rolling, watching clouds, wishing on stars and snuggling. She then promises to be there should the bear cub need her—if he is lost, lonely or sad—and explains that nothing will ever change that. Moore’s watercolors perfectly capture the mood of the text, tenderly rendering the pair as they explore the world together and express their love. While the cover blurb describes the characters as mother and child, the text and illustrations are ambiguous enough to fit any relationship or gender combination, making it ideal for adoptive, single and step parents, as well as for the traditional family. A must-have for the parents of young children and the libraries that serve them. (Picture book. 2-6)