cover image Bears in Pairs

Bears in Pairs

Niki Yektai. Bradbury Press, $14.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-02-793691-9

""Black bear/ Brown bear/ Up bear/ Down bear/ White bear/ Green bear/ King bear/ Queen bear . . . ''these are the opening lines that describe a parade of bears of various shapes, sizes, colors and temperaments making their collective way to Mary's party. Young and old, slow and fast, on trains and on bikes, bearing gifts, bags, rosesall congregate and gather around, now toy-size compared to the girl's towering figure. The words have a lyrical simplicity and beg to be chanted aloud. DeGroat's animals are formed from a single mold yet are distinctly animated to show the uniqueness of each individual bear. An urbane concept book that will delight one and all. Ages 25. (August)