This is one of those simply, laconically worded picture books in which the pictures show what's really going on and so point up the understated humor of the text. Thus a family of bears prepares for a picnic and then ""Grandfather started the car"" (lying underneath it, with the hood open and tools scattered about). ""Off they went through the town"" (with Wilberforce unfurling a toilet paper roll out his window) ""and then through the country"" (with Grandfather, Grandmother, and the three little bears, all in a row, pushing the car up a hill). Their ""ideal picnic spot"" is shown to be buzzing with bees, and as the bears have their picnic and then are chased off by rain, goats are seen nibbling at their goodies. But these separate, incidental discrepancies don't take us anywhere; and though the pictures are adequate as illustrations they aren't imaginative enough to make the outing more than a mild passing diversion.