So sweet you'll read it twice!

Summary:

Bug may be ready to play, but Bear most definitely is not. He wants a nap. Try as he might to just go home, Bug interprets each of Bear's efforts as a game. When Bear tries to camouflage himself like a tree, Bug thinks they're playing hide and seek. When Bear tries to squeeze into a log, Bug thinks they're playing follow the leader. Bear keeps trying to be alone; Bug keeps guessing a game. Finally, Bear has had enough. He yells at Bug and tells him to go away. Bug flies off, but now Bear can't sleep! Where did Bug go? Will the friends make up? 


Parent Perspective:
I LOVE this book. There are lots of friendship stories, but this one is a fresh, special addition to the genre. The writing is great and the way the words move on the page add extra delight.

The story is about friends, but it is so easily adaptable to siblings ... and not just "little guys." This is a book that I could see myself reading to my fourth and fifth grader, too!


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers will love Bug right away and want to be his friend ... but they'll also walk in Bear's paws, too! The illustrations are fabulous and the story is not only exceptionally written but how it is placed on the page is fun, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a picture book with a realistic friendship experience.
Educational Themes:

So many ways to engage with this book. Ask your child to walk in bug's feet Have they ever wanted to play with someone that didn't want to play? Are there "clues" they might have gotten and not been such a pest? Ditto bear's paws. Was there a time when they didn't want to do something or be with someone who wanted to be with them? Were there other ways he could have expressed himself? Although the story is about two friends, it can easily be adapted to siblings.

Last but not least, Bug took Bear literally: Go jump in a lake. Even this audience can understand idioms and creative expressions.

Reading Level:
2.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. One for yourself and one to give your child's best friend.

Title Bug and Bear: A Story of True Friendship
Author Ann Bonwill
Publisher Marshall Cavendish, Amazon Children's Publishing © 2011
Illustrators Layn Marlow
ISBN 9780761459026
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Animal Character, Friendship
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