Baby Bear

Baby Bear

Book - 2014
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From Kadir Nelson, winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, comes a transcendent picture book in the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown about a lost little bear searching for home.

This simple story works on so many levels: as the tale of a bear who finds his way home with the help of his animal friends; as a reassuring way to show children how to comfort themselves and find their way in everyday life; and on a more philosophical level, as a method of teaching readers that by listening to your heart and trusting yourself, you will always find a true home within yourself--and that even when it feels like you are alone, you never really are.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Publisher: New York :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780062241726
Branch Call Number: Z NEL
Characteristics: 34 pages : colour illustrations.


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ChristchurchKids Feb 25, 2014

Wandering lost through the forest at night, Baby Bear encounters lots of other animals, all of whom have advice for the stray cub. Some animals are helpful ("Look up and keep going," encourages Owl) while others are silly ("Hug a tree," suggest the squirrels). Yet with their guidance, Baby Bear is lovingly shepherded home before sunrise. Award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson's lush, moonlight-drenched paintings create an atmosphere of quiet wonder in this comforting read that's just right for bedtime. If you're looking for another lost-and-found animal story, check out Come Along Daisy! by Jane Simmons.

Picture books newsletter February 2014

LibrLdyMapleValley Feb 11, 2014

Sweet and existential... quite a combination for a children's book. The artwork is realistic and nicely done but in the end the little bear expresses his unity with all nature instead of just finding his mom. The audience for this picture book may not appreciate the subtle stuff and will probably long for the lost cub to be reunited with a parent.

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