Claire Freedman, Author
Alison Friend, Illustrator
Templar Books, Fiction, May 14, 2019
Suitable for Ages: 3-7
Themes: Bear, Animals, Reading, Writing, Helping, Friendship
Opening: Once upon a time, there was a bear whose favorite thing to do was read.
Bear loves to read. Unfortunately, he has read his big book of stories so many times that it’s falling apart. One day, all the pages blow away in a gust of wind.
Bear decides to create his own story. But when he sits dow to write, he can’t think of a single idea.
Will bear’s animal friends be able to help him think of ideas for his book?
What I like about this book:
Claire Freedman has penned a tender story about friends helping friends. Bear goes for a walk through the forest to help his writer’s block. He hopes that a back-scratch, a swim, and climbing a tree might be just what he needs. But he runs into some endearing friends who need his help — a mouse who needs help with a dance, a rabbit in a boat who needs a tow, and a little owl stuck on a tree limb. He still can’t think of a story until he recalls his day.
Bear does write and illustrate a book. It appears as a fold-out towards the end of the book. Children will be able to read his book and learn about how a story has a beginning, middle and end. The ending is sweet.
Alison Friend’s happy illustrations are warm, cozy and show how friends help each other. The cover is beautiful and appealing.
Resources: This is an excellent story to read out loud to at home or in a classroom. Use Bear’s book to talk about the structure of a book. Write a group book in the classroom and ask students to draw the illustrations.
Claire Freedman is the author of more than 100 books for young readers. She is best known for her award-winning Underpants series, She lives in Essex, England.
*Review copy provided by the publisher.