BEAR’S DAY by Lisa Campbell Ernst


Age Range: 0 - 4
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This pair of beguiling board books focuses on a busy toddler and his playmates. In Bear’s Day, the child and his teddy spend the day engaged in baby-friendly activities: having tea parties, stacking blocks, and more. Ernst depicts activities familiar to young children, such as coloring and clapping hands. In the companion title, Cat’s Play, the same toddler shares his day with a fuzzy gray cat. Together the two eat, clean up, and play. Ernst emphasizes the similar interests of the duo as they observe goldfish swimming about (albeit with different intentions), play with a toy mouse, and try on mother’s shoes. Both books feature simple, crisp rhymes describing the interactions between the child and his friends: “Time for tea / One, two, three.” Pastel-colored backgrounds in soft lavenders, soothing yellows and luminous pinks are a perfect backdrop for Ernst’s gentle images illuminating the magic of friendship. Cheerful scenes portray the boisterous play and affection the child holds for his playmates. Uncomplicated artwork allows children to make the connection between the words and pictures. Cuddly sweet, these board books are made for lap-sharing and read-aloud sessions. (Board books. 0-4)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-670-89115-0
Page count: 14pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2000


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