Five bears enjoy a day of picnicking and playing together under the blossoming trees in this latest in Parenteau’s Bears on Chairs series.
Yellow, Fuzzy, Floppy, and Calico are excited to be preparing for a day of adventures together. They pack a picnic basket and kites, and Floppy provides the music with her drum. Big Brown Bear brings the picnic blanket. But before he can taste his honey-slathered bread, the breeze changes to a strong wind, which prompts the small bears to dash off to fly their kites…and themselves, as it turns out. When the wind dies down, Big Bear is there to break their landings, and they all sit down to finally enjoy their honey. Parenteau’s meter is a bit mixed in this outing, which also seems thin compared to others in the series. There’s no problem-solving: just some mild tension that turns to fun. Mostly it’s a tale of friends enjoying a beautiful spring day and one another’s company, which offers its own satisfaction. Walker’s acrylic illustrations convey the curiosity, wonder, and excitement of the small bears as they walk and play under pink blossom–laden trees.
Another season, another warming tale of bear friendship and fun. (Picture book. 3-6)