This beautifully written picture book gently depicts the relationship between a little bear and his Dad. Told from the little bear’s perspective, the story is full of adventure but also great tenderness. Follow the duo as they travel to the river to splash and cool down on a hot day. With grassy parts to cross, bushy parts to push through and rocks to jump from, their journey is far from straightforward. When little bear is decides to show his Dad a big jump, things don’t go according to plan. Little bear no longer wants to go to the river. So his Dad helps him, waits with him and then offers to carry him as they continue on their way. What will the little bear do?
The illustrations perfectly capture the two bears’ expressions and body language. The little bear is bold and determined to show his Dad just what he can do. The Dad although huge, is seen to be gentle and caring. We particularly like the picture when the Dad is scooping the hurt little bear up in his arms. The spectacular landscape images are vast and wild and the orange colours used for the sky radiate a certain warmth. The book literally glows.
This was our chosen book for day 174 of our 366 books in 366 days reading challenge. We have since enjoyed reading this story together many times. Mini reviewer, Theo, often asks for it and, when reading it to him, it is clear that he sees the little bear as “Theo Bear”! It is a lovely book to share and, a great one for Dads to read to their little ones. Thank you Walker Books.
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Kate & the Mini Reviewers xx