In Part 1 yesterday, I talked about half of these wonderful bear books. Here is the second half:
Blueberries For Sal, by Robert McCloskey
The year was 1948. Sal and her mother go blueberry picking. On the other side of the hill, a bear cub and his mother also go searching for blueberries. Sal and the bear cub are much the same, gobbling up blueberries and looking for adventure. When each crosses over to the other side of the hill, Sal is following mama bear, and the cub is following Sal’s mama. The story is captivating for children.
Teddy Bears Cure a Cold, by Susanna Gretz and Alison Sage
The family of five bears help take care of William when he gets the flu. The bears know just what to do, from manning the temperature chart, to feeding William, to giving him a bell to ring if he needs anything. William begins to recover and constantly rings the bell while the bears are making something special. The text is witty and depicts the bears every feeling from worry to annoyance. I love the illustrations. They capture it all. Children can relate to becoming sick and recovering. They love this book.
Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins
This book is hilarious. Children laugh hard. Adults laugh harder. Bruce is a grumpy old bear who is trying to cook goose eggs. Unfortunately for him, the eggs hatch, and the goslings immediately “know” Bruce is their mama. Despite his many efforts to send the goslings on their way and prove he is not their mother, he is unsuccessful. The trials and tribulations Bruce goes through rate a 10 on the laugh-o-meter.
Every Autumn Comes the Bear, by Jim Arnosky
The glorious illustrations pull in the reader to the ritual of the bear’s hibernation. From autumn through winter, the changes of the season are perfectly illustrated, along with a simple, predictable, and well written text. I love this book!
Honey, by David Stein
Bear wakes up from hibernation and is ready to find honey. It is not yet summer, so bear learns the hard way about searching for honey too early, sticking his nose into a tree of busy working bees. He finds many delightful adventures while waiting for honey season. When he finally hears the buzz of bees, he knows it’s time for honey. The book reflects on the second season after hibernation for the bear, just as good as he remembered.
Happy reading. Bears are the best.