What You Need to Know:|
• This is a beautiful book by veteran and well-loved author Kevin Henkes, author of numerous children's books
including, Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, A Good Day, Kitten's First Full Moon and many more.
• This is for the very youngest reader.
• This is a comforting story about aging and, at is most basic, a book about the seasons.
Old Bear is a story about the dreams an old bear has during his winter hibernation. The dreams takes Old Bear back to a time when he was a cub and details all the beauty he sees in each separate season, through a young cub's eyes. My favorite part of the story is when Old Bear wakes. He lumbers out of his cave and takes a moment to get his bearings. Here the book ends with Old Bear realizing the spring he has woken up to is as beautiful in his present life, as it was in his dreams about his youth. Such an optimistic view on life and aging to share with our children.
Each illustration is a beautiful piece of art, staggeringly beautiful. Old Bear is also an appealing, cuddly looking bear, so as not to scare. The book also teaches the young reader all about the different seasons.
2008, 32 pages
Animals - Bears, Dreams, Seasons, Excellent Read-Aloud, Exquisite Illustrations