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Bird, Balloon, Bear – nature lovers, friends

bird balloon bearBear is just hanging out watching ants while waiting for a friend to appear.  I have been thinking a lot about science in picture books lately, but I don’t even care whether that’s scientifically accurate or not.  Maybe this is a whole new sub-genre for me to explore – animals who are nature lovers.

Anyway, both Bear and Bird are looking for friends.  Expectations are low.  Bear is willing to accept friendship with Balloon, who gets there first and doesn’t speak but is always there for Bear.  Bird is too shy to say anything and then inadvertently causes a disaster.  I actually gasped when I turned the page.  I did not expect THAT to happen, but then it was late at night and I was about 5 minutes from falling asleep.  That woke me up.

Will Bear and Bird overcome this?  Can they be friends?  They can.  They must.

Bird, Balloon, Bear by Il Sung Na

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Fun with bears – a few picture books for bear lovers


If you’re looking for scientifically accurate picture books about bears, you’ll have to keep looking.  If, however, you’ve been silently waiting and hoping for books with silly bears, bears in inner tubes and floatie things, bears wearing baby carriers for their adopted geese – well, my friend, this post is for you.

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins is the book you’ve been waiting for.  Bruce the Bear has a history of eating eggs, but all of his fancy recipes will not help him when the goose eggs Mrs. Goose has “given” him unexpectedly hatch.  No matter what he does—dumping the goslings at their old nest, being extra grumpy—Bruce the Bear seems to have become Mother Bruce.

After reading this one, you might just need a few more silly and fun bear books.  Sometimes that happens, you know.  Some favorites of mine:

Horrible Bear by Amy Dyckman

A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki

Any of the Bear books by Karma Wilson

Any of the Frank Asch Moon Bear books

You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

And not silly, really,  but wonderful — The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield


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