BEAR CAME ALONG by Richard T. Morris
Kirkus Star

BEAR CAME ALONG

by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 5
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A succession of forest creatures—and even the river itself—learn from one another and validate their relationships with both one another and the wider world.

The simplicity of the text and the stylized, comical creatures belie the depth of the message that comes through for even the youngest of readers: We are all in this together, and our differences strengthen our unity. The river “didn’t know it was a river…until” Bear accidentally begins riding down it on a piece of broken tree trunk. Bear in turn doesn’t realize he is on an adventure until Froggy lands on his back; lonely Froggy doesn’t know how many friends she has until the wary Turtles show up on the ever-more-swiftly-moving log; the Turtles learn how to enjoy the ride when Beaver climbs aboard; and so on through several more characters until they are all at the brink of a waterfall. Outstanding art perfectly complements the text, showing the animals’ differing personalities while also using color, space, and patterns to create appealing scenery. There are several hilarious double-page spreads, including one from the animals’ collective perspective, showing solely the various feet on the tree-trunk–cum-raft at the waterfall’s edge, and one requiring a 90-degree turn, showing the plummeting animals as they reach for one another—some looking worried and others, like Duck and Beaver, obviously enjoying the sudden drop.

To quote one particularly joyous double-page spread, “Oh, what a ride!” (author’s note, illustrator’s note) (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: June 4th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-316-46447-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2019




MORE BY RICHARD T. MORRIS

ChildrenFEAR THE BUNNY by Richard T. Morris
by Richard T. Morris
ChildrenSHEEP 101 by Richard T. Morris
by Richard T. Morris

MORE BY LEUYEN PHAM

ChildrenTHE BECKET LIST by Adele Griffin
by Adele Griffin
ChildrenSTOP THAT YAWN! by Caron Levis
by Caron Levis
ChildrenBEST FRIENDS IN THE UNIVERSE by Stephanie Watson
by Stephanie Watson
ChildrenSHEEP 101 by Richard T. Morris
by Richard T. Morris

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenA LIBRARY BOOK FOR BEAR by Bonny Becker
by Bonny Becker
ChildrenTHE BIG SPLASH! by A.H. Benjamin
by A.H. Benjamin