Friday, 11 January 2013

Picture Book - Bear Says Thanks - Karma Wilson (Author) & Jane Chapman (Illustrator)

Recommended for: Babies/Toddlers/Younger Readers

This is the second book featuring the character Bear by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, and it's a lovely little tale about Bear learning how much he is valued by his friends. Even though he hasn't brought any food to the party, his stories liven it up and are what his friends love him for. It's great to have this sort of thing in a children's book, so that you can point out the valued of friendship and how everyone has a place in a group from a young age. It's an eclectic group of friends that are featured, which again is a great way of showing our differences but that we can build strong friendships anyway.

It's nicely illustrated and I love a book written in rhyming verse (there's the odd deviation, but it's a consistent deviation) - it makes them all the more playful and children love the rhythm.

Read it with Bear Snores On and encourage them to be the storyteller at parties as they grow up - they'll be by far and away the most interesting person!


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