A book for Bear

Ellen L. Ramsey

Book - 2023

Ellen and Bear, two book-loving friends, hatch a plan to get Bear a book of his own, but through their many disguises and foiled attempts, the two discover the perfect book for Bear is closer to home than they thought.

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Picture books
New York : Flamingo Books 2023.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm
Ages 4-8.
Grades K-1.
Main Author
Ellen L. Ramsey (author)
Other Authors
MacKenzie Haley (illustrator)
Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2--An endearing picture book that showcases the lengths readers will go to find the perfect book. Bear loves listening to a young blue-haired girl, Ellen, read different types of books under a tree. When Bear wants to find a book, Ellen suggests different locations that are absolutely filled with books, such as a library and bookstore. The bear, wearing different disguises in order to blend in, goes off to pick out their perfect book. Unfortunately, Bear and Ellen always get caught by the various employees at the locations they frequent and are chased out. The ending is predictable but sweet. Bright colors and fun details make this a picture book that children will want to examine again after a first reading. VERDICT Whether showcasing the joys of reading or expanding a collection on friendship, this lovely book is one to seek out.--Maria Graybosch

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Who doesn't want to find the perfect book? Book-loving Bear stands at the edge of the woods daily, listening to a blue-haired, tan-skinned girl named Ellen reading aloud beneath a tree. Before long, Bear emerges from his hiding place and sits beside her, entranced. Bear wants his own book--one that is the color of "ripe red raspberries" and is "delicious to read"--and asks Ellen where to get one. The places she names--her classroom, the library, the bookstore--don't welcome bears. In order to choose his own book, Bear, accompanied by Ellen, visits each locale in disguise, dressing up as a superhero, a blueberry bush, and a coat-and-hat--wearing, umbrella-toting furry giant; unfortunately, all his efforts end in disappointment, with no book in paw. But never underestimate good old-fashioned ingenuity: Bear comes up with an ideal plan for acquiring a book, and together, he and Ellen find--no, make--the perfect book for Bear, a raspberry-red one that Ellen reads aloud, beginning with the words "Bear loved books." This cute but obvious, slightly strained tale nevertheless conveys a terrific message about the love of books and the joy of reading. The warm bond between Bear and Ellen is sweetly appealing, as are the gentle humor and lively, colorful illustrations. Adults sharing the book should encourage children to write and illustrate and, if possible, read their own books. (This book was reviewed digitally.) A pleasant story about books and reading to share with kids and bears. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.