Baby Bear is the littlest bear in his family, and sometimes that's not so easy. Mama and Papa Bear get to stay up late in their great big chairs. Big brother gets to play fun games in his middle-sized chair. And Baby Bear only seems to cause trouble in his own tiny chair. But at the end of the day, he finds the one perfect chair that's comfier and cozier than all the rest.
Bestselling author Jane Yolen and popular illustrator Melissa Sweet have come together to create a lyrical bedtime tale about a baby bear trying to find his place in a family. With a playful rhyming text and adorable, fun illustrations, here is a book for parents and their own baby bears to treasure.
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JANE YOLEN has written more than two hundred books for children and adults, including How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? and Grandma's Hurrying Child. She lives in Massachussetts.
MELISSA SWEET has illustrated numerous picture books, including I Love You, Too by Eve Bunting, the books in the Pinky and Rex series, and Won't You Be My Kissaroo? She lives in Rockport, Maine.
PreS. Yolen has extended and amended her poem "Bears' Chairs" from The Three Bears Rhyme Book (1987) to create the text of this appealing picture book. "Some bears sit / in great big chairs, / great big chairs / for great big bears," it begins. Not only is the sound of the verse satisfying, the tone is also pleasing, with well-chosen words expressing a small child's--OK, a small bear's--point of view. And that tone is reflected in the artwork, too. Fresh and bright, the large-scale pictures combine pencil, paint, and collage elements to illustrate the everyday activities of a likable little bear family at home while including a few fun-to-notice details. As an antidote to the many saccharine picture books composed of sweet, drippy lines repeatedly reaffirming parental affection, this one offers a pleasing story in which love for children--or cubs--is simply an integral part of daily life. A great choice for reading aloud. Carolyn Phelan
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