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

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
There's a Bear on My Chair

There's a Bear on My Chair

Fall 2016 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Author: Ross Collins
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763689421
Hardcover Price: $16.99

The set up: an increasingly irate mouse attempts, page by page, to remove a very large and quite blasé polar bear from his chair, expressing his outrage in verse. The little mouse has no success until the unexpected funny ending (which won't be revealed here). Author-illustrator Ross Collins even manages to slip in a message about the challenges facing real-life polar bears without affecting the book's light tone. Collins' smoothly shaped verses, crafted with an admirable number of words rhyming with "bear" and "chair," serve, too, as an enjoyable vocabulary lesson.

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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