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DOG AND BEAR by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Kirkus Star


Two Friends, Three Stories

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 1-59643-053-2
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

A stuffed bear and an ebullient dachshund, best of friends, are introduced to beginning readers in three sweet chapters. In “Bear in the Chair,” Dog encourages a frightened Bear to come down and play, eventually finding an inventive use for his long, slippery back; in “Play with Me! Play with Me!” Bear does his best to concentrate on his book while Dog pesters him mercilessly; and in “Dog Changes His Name,” Dog tries on identity after inappropriate identity, until Bear helps him to the very best solution possible. Seeger moves from the concept book she has become known for to the classic friendship book with ease, her just-right dialogue developing her characters swiftly and cleanly. The two friends parade across a white background, rendered in quick, bold lines and bright colors. Full-page illustrations, which often employ startling perspectives, alternate with small panels to advance the stories, each of which forms a satisfying whole and simultaneously relates to the others within the larger framework of the book. The larger-than-usual trim size ensures a happy crossover between early readers and read-alouds—a great gift for both audiences. (Picture book/early reader. 4-8)