Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Bear in Love

Bear in Love

Fall 2012 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Author: Daniel Pinkwater
Illustrator: Will Hillenbrand
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763645694
Hardcover Price: $15.99

Sometimes mischievous, often offbeat, Daniel Pinkwater is always funny. In short, Bear in Love is a story of a rabbit and a bear doing nice things for one another. Will Hillenbrand's mixed media illustrations paint a loveable, appreciative, perceptive couple of friends. The endearing playful read-aloud is just waiting for vocal variations, a lumber and a hop.

However, beyond the tale, the story is, in this reviewer's opinion, a love letter to Jill (Mrs. Pinkwater). On every page, Pinkwater (Daniel) is charming, observant, and kind, and funny. What better friend could a person-or a bear or a rabbit-ask for?

Claire Green   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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