Bear-y cute and great for bedtime

Summary:

When a bear knock on the door, a young boy tells him to go home. He comes back the next day - with a friend - and he tells them to go home. Every time the bear tries to spend time with the boy, the boy sends him away. Then he stops coming. And the boy is happy. Or is he? 


Parent Perspective:
Yes, Mom and Dad will know what is going to happen; and your child will after the first time you read it. But they will still want to read it again. The story is sweet and perfect for bedtime. Because of the simplicity of the text, it could be an easy read, but your child may think it is "too babyish" by the time they start learning to read. That said that same sparseness of text allows readers to use the illustrations - which are exceptional - to tell the story as if it were a wordless book.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Both the bear and boy are adorably illustrated. Young readers will be wishing the bear had visited them! They will definitely want to be his friend. Whether you read the text or let the illustrations be your guide, you'll enjoy a great story.

Content Awareness Factors:

Absolutely none.


Type of Book:
Friendship is the central theme in this picture book for young readers.
Educational Themes:

The most obvious theme of the story is friendship. The bear wants to be the boy's friend, but he is rejected. You may have noticed that on the first page, the boy is reading "101 Activities To Do Alone." What he learns in the process is that being alone and loneliness are two different things.

Reading Level:
2.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 6
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a cute story and the illustrations will appeal to young readers.

Title But the Bear Came Back
Author Tammi Sauer
Publisher Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2018
Illustrators Dan Taylor
ISBN 9781454920984
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Animal Character, Humor, School
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