Bear in love

Daniel Manus Pinkwater, 1941-

Book - 2012

A bear with a secret admirer who leaves sweet, crunchy treats outside his cave each night tries to repay the kindness with honey, but comes to find out that his new friend is smaller, cuter, and fonder of carrots than any bear.

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Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press 2012.
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater, 1941- (-)
1st ed
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1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 27 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

One morning, a sweet bear (as opposed to Pinkwater's Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears, 2001) crawls out from his cave feeling peckish and discovers, right in front of him, something that was orange and long and pointy and had green bushy leaves at one end. The next morning there are two delicious carrots waiting for him, three the next, and then a whole pile. Now, a cynical creature might think it a trap, but this innocent soul is eager to share his own favorite food with his secret admirer and so leaves a honeycomb in return. After more exchanges and happy ditties, a bunny finally appears, and the new friends enjoy a sunset together. The simple story's design is nicely romanticized, with full-bleed, lightly sketched forest backgrounds spread out over long pages, with the placid action depicted in mixed-media browns and greens with gentle highlights. The book's Pooh-like charm protects it from preciousness and makes for a tender tale about the satisfaction to be found in a fond, contented relationship.--Medlar, Andrew Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Pinkwater's (Beautiful Yetta) impulsive, happy-go-lucky bear keeps finding carrots on a flat rock outside his cave, left by some anonymous well-wisher. After days of this, the bear places honeycomb on the rock as a lure ("He wanted to see who had left him the nice things"), and pretty soon there's a full-scale war of random acts of kindness going on. In a nod to Pooh, Pinkwater's bear sings to himself quite often-"Someone must like me/ Someone is nice/ Very good, yum yum yum/ Someone is nice"-and much attention is paid to the deliciousness of each treat. Hillen-brand's (Kite Day) cheery mixed-media spreads draw little attention to themselves, and there isn't a hint of menace or darkness. Only the pacing seems off: by the time the mystery is solved (spoiler: it's a rabbit) the story is over, although it's clear that the relationship is just beginning. Yet Pinkwater's talent for creating loveable characters and his unalloyed sense of goodness make it work. Ages 2-6. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-A bear awakes in his cave one morning and goes outside to look for food. On a rock nearby is an orange, pointy thing with green leaves at one end. He ventures to eat it and finds it, "Very good, yum, yum, yum; Very good indeed." After two more carrots are left on his rock, the bear decides to reciprocate with a something of his own-a honeycomb. He also tries to stay awake to see who the mysterious someone is who is leaving him presents, but he falls asleep instead. After two more exchanges, the bear and a shy bunny finally meet and contentedly share their mutual love of songs and food, on their way to what looks like a beautiful friendship. Pinkwater demonstrates a deft gift for writing for very young children, and the book is made more special by Hillenbrand's lovely pastel illustrations. They show the bear in the foreground in solid but subdued color against a delicate, barely discernible pattern of gray blue trees (and an occasional glimpse of bunny ears). The bear and the rabbit are very appealing, and the book as a whole begs to be read in storytime, possibly with other tales of unusual friendships.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

Bear awakens one morning to find something "orange and long and pointy" on the rock outside his cave, and wonders who left it for him. Even the youngest readers will recognize the gift as a carrot, and may even deduce it was left by a rabbit. But Bear is more romantic than worldly; he has to solve the mystery step-by-step by leaving a series of gifts for his secret admirer and then waiting to see who comes to claim them. Each step is described in short declarative sentences, ending in a joyous four-line Pooh-like song ("Sticky honey / Nice nice / Sticky honey / Nice nice"), and in the end it's Bear's songs that attract shy Bunny, recognized by Bear as "some cute little bear." Hillenbrand's soft earth-toned illustrations give us a sense of a cozy natural setting while his ragged bold lines give Bear a scruffy edge that keeps the story from being overly sweet. They are a perfect match for Pinkwater's text, which is child-friendly in its predictable and sprightly repetition, with just a tinge of adult humor now and then. ("Those things you first left,' the bear said. Carrots,' the bunny said. They are much favored by bunnies.'") All of these ingredients will make it perfect for reading aloud, either to groups or to an audience of one, again and again. kathleen t. horning(c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A friendly little whodunit results in an unexpected romance between a bear and a bunny. Bear lives in "a little cave, just big enough for him," but it turns out that he has room for companionship. One morning he comes across a carrot lying on a flat rock, and not sure what it is, the bear decides to take a nibble. Delighted, he walks through the woods singing a song evocative of Winnie-the-Pooh's hums. Two carrots appear the next day, and Bear begins to wonder who has left them. "Crunchy things! Three of them!" he exclaims on day three, and then he finds a whole pile of carrots on the fourth day. "Someone must like me to leave these good things," he muses, and then he stumbles across a honey tree and decides to bring a piece of honeycomb for his secret admirer. This act of reciprocity instigates an ongoing gift exchange, culminating when the bear finds a bunny hiding in a bush. Mutual admiration overflows as the no-longer-secret admirers offer appreciation for the gifts they exchanged and then join in song at book's end. While the story is awfully sweet, Hillenbrand's mixed-media illustrations are what distinguish this picture book. Faintly rendered backgrounds offset characters and foreground settings, lending a truly fresh look to the compositions. There's lots to love here. (Picture book. 3-5)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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