Country Bear's Surprise

Larry Dane Brimner, Author, Ruth T. Cooncell, Illustrator, Ruth Tietjen Councell, Illustrator Boyds Mills Press $7.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56397-674-2

A roly-poly bear's friends torment him by pretending to forget his birthday, ignoring his increasingly dramatic hints. Soft colored-pencil drawings shed a happy haze on the eventual surprise party. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)