Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"By the time Old Bear fell asleep for the winter, it was snowing hard."

When I worked the book fair a couple of weeks ago, one of the books that caught my eye was the new book by Kevin Henkes, Old Bear. I didn't get a chance to read it when I was there so when I saw it this last week at the library, we picked it up. It is a very simple story about a bear that hibernates for the winter and while he sleeps, he dreams about the seasons. When he wakes up, he isn't sure if he is still dreaming because the spring is so beautiful.

Henkes has drawn fanciful pictures for this book and the bear is adorable. I feel that too many picture books these days go for edgy illustrations rather than simple, sweet ones. The drawings have soft lines and the text is simple but meaningful. We love this book and it would definitely be a good book to give to a toddler or preschooler in any season.

Wishing humans hibernated,
K and Z

Buy Old Bear on Amazon or find it at your local library.

1 comment:

  1. I don't have occasion to read children's books but I do like the look of this one. The pictures are warm and inviting and I love the idea of talking about someone who's old in a child's story. I will keep this one in mind as a gift.