A concept book with a very brief rhymed text: bears appear two per page, each with a distinctive characteristic that is pointed out in a two- or three-word caption. The differences are generally easy to grasp, though readers unfamiliar with the nuances of royal dress may have trouble telling ""King Bear"" from ""Queen Bear,"" and the captions for ""Bear with spots"" (measles) and ""Bear with dots"" (on a clown suit) could just as well be switched. Many bears are distinguished in the text only by their color, but de Groat makes each one unique with imaginative combinations of dress, shape, and expression. They all reappear at the end, crowded around a young girl as she sits on the floor, sipping tea. Lively and comical; good for sharing.