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BIG BLACK BEAR by Wong Herbert Yee

BIG BLACK BEAR

By Wong Herbert Yee (Author) , Wong Herbert Yee (Illustrator)

Age Range: 1 - 5

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-395-66359-8
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

 Out of the woods he comes, to knock on a door and beg, ``Give me some FOOD and a Big Soft Chair!'' The little girl lets him in, only to discover that he's ``a BIG BAD BEAR with no MANNERS at all!'' Muddy footprints, an upended piano, and a shower of the jellybeans he's greedily munching are just the beginning: ``I'm a BIG BLACK BEAR, and I do as I please!'' Fortunately, a much bigger bear turns up to set things straight and exact an apology (``PLEASE excuse me. I'm a Little Black Bear/who just turned three''), and all ends with a friendly snack. Big little three-year-olds may not recognize themselves here as quickly as their parents do, but they'll love the funny, rhythmic verse and bold, collage-style illustrations--plus the deft visual transition from big and brash to appealingly small and meek. (Picture book. 1-5)