BEARS AND A BIRTHDAY by Shirley Parenteau

BEARS AND A BIRTHDAY

From the "Bears on Chairs" series
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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Get ready for a very special party!

“The makings for / a cake are there. / The recipe’s ready. / Where are the bears?” Parenteau’s four furry friends are sweet as pie and ready to bake a cake—but for whom? It just might be for Big Brown Bear, who is having a birthday. Rhythmic text bounces along as Yellow, Calico, Fuzzy and Floppy mix and measure while following a recipe. Gentle and full of charm, this is a nice selection for toddlers and very young readers, who will appreciate the clear story, repetition and obvious affection shared among the lovable characters. Warm acrylic illustrations in a slightly-brighter-than-pastel palette show the round, appealing young bears as they wrap a present and don festive party hats. But wait, there’s more! “The four bears shout, / ‘Surprise, Big Bear!’ / Here’s why we / were busy in there!” Readers familiar with the series will be happy to revisit these good friends, while those new to the furry foursome will have a satisfying surprise in store.

Preschoolers will enjoy this very festive celebration. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7636-7152-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2014




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