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Little Bear's Little Boat


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A special book about growing up and moving on A perfect present for any child who finds themselves moving from one stage to the next - comfortably or not!

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Eve Bunting is the author of many books for children published by Egmont and HarperCollins and this is her first book for Bloomsbury. She lives in Pasadena, California. Nancy Carpenter lives in Brooklyn, New York and this too is her first book for Bloomsbury.


PreS-Gr 2-Little Bear thoroughly enjoys his cherished boat, until he outgrows it. While Mother Bear explains that it's a little bear's destiny to grow, he knows, "It's a little boat's destiny to keep sailing on a blue, blue lake," so he sets off to find another little cub to enjoy it. When he finds one, he hands over his treasured object and asks its new owner to pass it on when he becomes too big for it. Children will listen intently to this tale. The softly colored, uncluttered illustrations, created with pen and ink and digital media, have an old-fashioned charm. Written with the simple finesse characteristic of Bunting, this amiable, gently didactic tale will resonate with many children.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

'A beautiful meditation on what it means to leave your childhood behind' The Observer 'A tale about moving on, told with vintage-style illustrations' Junior 'Guaranteed to become a favourite and taken everywhere ... You cannot help but fall in love with Little Bear' Angels and Urchins 'Eve Bunting deals delicately with the sadness of growing up, and joyfully with the experience of sharing ... charmingly illustrated, and with an important message about change' Juno magazine

Life on Huckleberry Lake is idyllic for Little Bear as he sits in his small wooden boat. He rows, he fishes, and "on sunny days he lay back in it, closed his eyes, and dreamed. And he was happy." Until, that is, he grows too large for the boat. "It is a little bear's destiny to grow and grow till he is a big bear. It is a little boat's destiny to stay the same size," his mother gently tells her sad cub. Re-teaming with Twinnies collaborator Carpenter, who limits her palette for a pleasing retro look, Bunting evokes a familiar theme for preschoolers: the frustration of change. She also shows the rewards of problem-solving: the now Big Bear gives his boat to a smaller bear, making him promise to love it as he does (for it is "a little boat's destiny to keep sailing on a blue, blue lake," he explains). Unfortunately, the word "destiny" appears repeatedly throughout the story, and because the daunting concept is not explained in an age-appropriate way, it may confuse some young readers. However, a positive message about sharing does ring clear. The spirit of generosity that Big Bear feels as he brings happiness to another creature may be contagious to youngsters after reading this upbeat tale. The artist adds another fun twist: in a closing scene, the hero is hard at work building "Big Bear's Big Boat," indicating that passions begun in childhood can endure. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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