LOVE SONGS OF THE LITTLE BEAR by Margaret Wise Brown

LOVE SONGS OF THE LITTLE BEAR

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Age Range: 5 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jeffers returns to illustrating Brown (Baby Animals, 1989) as she sets four previously unpublished poems to bright, crisply detailed outdoor scenes featuring an animated teddy bear investigating an idyllic natural world. In the first, a sort of companion piece to Runaway Bunny, Bear toddles off into a field of tall May flowers, but sings to a left-behind parent that though distances may separate them, "It's a long time that I'll love you, / Never, never go away." The bear/child then bends down to examine a world in which "little things creep / In their green grass forests deep . . . ." Next he experiences as much as hears "The Song of Wind and Rain," and finally finishes with an excursion along a river bank to watch little boats go "Slow slow / In the soft fall of the snow." Though Jeffers confesses that she isn't sure whether Brown considered these rough drafts or finished pieces, they read smoothly enough, and the lovely pictures make them into small stories that capture their sense as well as their depth of feeling perfectly. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7868-0509-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2001




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