Little Bear is the main attraction in this fun adventure.

Summary:

Now that spring is here, Little Bear is ready for the next adventure with Papa Bear. Where is he? The sun leads him on a once-hidden path that takes him through the woods, into a tunnel down a pipe, and out of a washing machine to an amazing sight. Papa Bear and Mama Bear are circus performers. Baby Bear gets in on the act and meets his new baby brother, Teeny Tiny Bear. After a busy day, it's time for the Bears to go home to the forest!


Parent Perspective:
Warning - this book is a lot of fun! I'll admit it. I used my finger to follow Little Bear from the left page to the right, through the page cut-out until the very end.  The story is a fun adventure, and Teeny Tiny Bear's arrival was a nice surprise.

The page cutouts are wonderful. Each is unique and the "flip side" is equally fun when you turn the page. Because the pages can be very busy visually, the cutouts can help guide young readers to where Little Bear is on the page. There is A LOT more activity in the illustrations than in the text, but don't let that deter you. I wish I had a young reader at home because I would ask them to tell me a story of what they see happening in the forest and circus rings. 

Highly recommended for kids 6 and up. Younger readers will likely enjoy it, but some could be overwhelmed or distracted by all the activity, asking lots of questions and getting bogged down by the images.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Little Bear is the main attraction, but there is a lot more to explore in this adventure. The story is sweet, the cutouts creative, and, well ... it's a circus!

Content Awareness Factors:

None, though it should be pointed out that the pages are crammed with side activities. The business could be distracting to some readers. It may also slow down your reading.


Type of Book:
This is the third title in a picture book series about a baby bear adventuring to find his father.
Educational Themes:

Use the illustrations to explore what's going on. What kinds of things does your reader see? What stories would he tell about those "vignettes?"

Ask your reader to use their finger to show Little Bear's progress across the page. That is good practice for learning to read,  as well as fine motor skills and focus.

Reading Level:
3.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 and Up

Title The Bear's Surprise
About

Little Bear and Papa Bear, Book 3 of 4

Author Benjamin Chaud
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2015
Illustrators Benjamin Chaud
ISBN 9781452140285
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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