Best friends Bear and Rabbit share lots of things, including a house, but when they find something shiny on the ground (a piece of a Mylar balloon), they don't feel like sharing. First Bear sees his reflection, then Rabbit sees his, and neither sees the other's. This leads to a tug-of-war, and finally their shiny thing tears in half. That causes hard feelings, but after spending an evening alone, Bear and Rabbit decide not to tear apart their friendship the way they ripped the balloon. To their delight, when they hold up the Mylar to their now close-together faces, they see a reflection of two happy friends. Broken (and restored) friendships are well-traveled territory in picture books, but here the story is brightened by bits of foil in the pictures that cast a shiny glow. Like most of the books from this publisher, the oversize artwork features simple shapes and soft colors and has friendly appeal for a young audience. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 1—Bear and Rabbit share everything—a house, the cooking, and stories. One morning, Rabbit sees something shiny in the grass. The object turns out to be a torn balloon in which they can see themselves. Bear grabs onto it, and Rabbit does too. They pull and tug on it, each coming away with a piece. Angrily, the friends storm off in different directions. As the day goes by, Bear and Rabbit miss one another and wonder how to repair their friendship. They meet in the yard outside their house, apologizing for being so selfish. They put the two fragments together and see—surprise—a perfect picture of themselves. Soft colors, expressive characters, and a metallic balloon make this a highly appealing story about friends having differences and finding a way to make up.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH [Page 94]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Rabbit and Bear enjoy the wonderful feeling of being best friends, until they find a strange object in the woods and argue over whose picture appears within.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Rabbit and Bear enjoy the wonderful feeling of being best friends, until they find a strange, shiny object in the woods and argue over whose picture appears within.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Bear and Rabbit are the best friends you can imagine. They live in their Bear-Rabbit house. They even cook together in their Bear-Rabbit kitchen. One summer day, Rabbit spots something shiny and twinkling in the sun in their Bear-Rabbit yard. What is it? Bear and Rabbit can’t agree. Is this the end of their friendship? Tim Warnes’ illustrations bring this funny and touching store to life as two friends learn what really matters to them.