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BEARS ON CHAIRS by Shirley Parenteau


From the Bears on Chairs series

by Shirley Parenteau & illustrated by David Walker

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3588-6
Publisher: Candlewick

“Four small chairs / just right for bears. / Where is the bear / for each small chair?” One by one, Calico, Fuzzy, Yellow and Floppy Bears take their seats, but what to do when Big Brown Bear shows up and there’s no chair? Parenteau’s rhythm and rhyme never falter as the bears experiment with different seating configurations that might accommodate all five bear bottoms. Walker positions his soft-edged, pastel-colored bears (and their chairs) against a clean white background, their overlarge heads and comforting smiles immediately in tune with toddlers’ aesthetics. While his bears are not highly developed characters, slight differences in color and texture—and Floppy Bear, in particular, is pleasingly spineless—will help small children track the characters’ movements. While the bears’ solution is hardly rocket science, their cooperative approach will appear revolutionary to the book’s target audience. Between the unerringly positive approach to a common early-childhood dilemma and the can’t-miss rhyme, this volume will likely find its place on many a daycare shelf. (Picture book. 2-5)