Bear in Love
- Author: Daniel Pinkwater
- Illustrator: Will Hillenbrand
- Reading level: Early Primary
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick Press
- Language: English
- SRP: $15.99
Bear is a loner until he comes upon daily finds of a carrot, two carrots, then a bunch of carrots. So when he discovers a honeycomb, he leaves it out hoping to learn who left him such yummy gifts. BUT he falls asleep and misses finding out.
Then Bear has another daily find, a flower. He is curious about who his secret friend is. He leaves blueberries which disappear as he sleeps. They are replaced by a cookie with raisins. Next he leaves a chocolate bar. A few nights later he sees the shadow of someone watching and he meets his special friend–a rabbit. Their sitting side by side singing is a perfect ending or, perhaps, a perfect beginning. I certainly hope Pinkwater writes more, more, more.
Bear in Love reminds me a lot of Milne’s Pooh stories. Its soft water-color illustrations set against gentler backgrounds are sweet, imaginative, and child friendly. I can just imagine my grandbaby chanting its repetitive songs. Its subtle message that physical differences doesn’t stop real friendship is important for everyone to accept early on.
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