The Curious Cares of Bears

Douglas Florian, illus. by Sonia Sánchez. Little Bee, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4998-0462-1
In a buoyant follow-up to The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits, Florian uses rhymes that bound along merrily to chart the things that bears get up to, both realistic (splashing around in a creek) and whimsical (going mountain biking). As the verse moves through the seasons (“In autumn, there’s playing in leaves all day long,/ then building a campfire and sharing a song”), Sánchez uses scribbly lines and bursts of bright color to fill many of the book’s scenes with a rambunctious ursine energy—in one, fish go hurtling into the air as a pair of bears cannonball into the water, and a chain of bears form a conga line a few pages later, “partying heartily, dancing all night;/ howling and growling until morning light.” A brief detour into the world of winter hibernation slows things down a bit as Florian makes his way toward spring. The bubbly rhymes are made to be read aloud, and the bears’ humanlike antics should tickle readers’ imaginations, too. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. Illustrator’s agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Bookmark Literary. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/31/2017
Release date: 08/29/2017
Genre: Children's
Board Books - 26 pages - 978-1-4998-0743-1
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