TITLE: Bear Is A Bear
AUTHOR: Jonathan Stutzman
ILLUSTRATOR: Dan Santat
PUBLISHER: Balzar & Bray, 2021
Bear is . . . a new friend, a fellow mischief-maker, a protector, and a dreamer.
Through all the many ups and downs of a little girl’s childhood, Bear is there to provide love and support. Until it is time to say goodbye . . . and hello again.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I love all types of picture books. Funny ones. Scary ones. Non fiction ones. But the ones that I like the most are the picture books that tug at my heart and tear me up reading them. Jonathan Stutzman’s story, Bear Is A Bear, is one of those types of books. Young readers may think the bear in this story is make believe until he slowly comes to life to become an important part of one young girl’s life. He helps her step from the world of childhood into the world of motherhood where she then introduces her childhood friend to a new generation of friends. And illustrator Dan Santat does an exceptional job of evoking just the right amount of emotions in each delightful illustration. A wonderful addition to any library!
RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.
Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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