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Bear of My Heart Hardcover – December 26, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689859473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689859472
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

During a sunny day together, a parent bear (the gender is never specified) tells its cub all the ways in which the little one is "the bear of my heart, dear,/ and I am the one who loves you." These include telling many stories, seeing wonderful places together, racing in the sun and splashing in the stream. Ryder's (My Mother's Voice) singsong meter elevates these simple pleasures into a lullaby anthem: "Let's sit nose to nose and share secrets./ Let's wish on a star, eyes shut tight./ Let's whisper our dreams in the darkness./ Let's snuggle together at night." For her part, Moore (Bartholomew's Blessing) suggests an intimacy between parent and child that's reassuring but never suffocating; in one scene, the cub sits on the parent's back, blending into the curve of the older animal yet retaining its own individuality. The watercolors' velvety textures and soft hues convey an idyllic life, and the animals' comfortingly bulky shapes are embellished with just enough wispy brushstrokes to let readers know just how snuggly soft their coats are. There will always be a need for books like this one: unabashedly emotional while successfully skirting treacle. Ages 3-6. (Dec.)
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From School Library Journal

PreS—A simple tale of a mother's love for her child. The story, in one-line rhyming verse, is told from the point of view of a mother bear. She promises her cub all of life's simple pleasures (splashing in streams, gazing at stars, snuggling and hugging) that they can share. And of course, there is the reassurance that no matter how old the cub gets, or how far it wanders, the mother's love will last "forever and ever,/for YOU are the bear of my heart." This book covers ground already well trod by Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995), Nancy Tafuri's I Love You, Little One (Scholastic, 1998), and Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942). Moore's illustrations, rendered in watercolor, are dominated by the bears, which helps to reinforce the all-encompassing relationship between the two. This book will appeal to new mothers and is suitable for lap-time sharing.—Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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Touching story in verse, adorable illustrations.
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I was given this as a gift when my daughter was born and we read it so often that I now recite it to her from memory with or without the book.
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Now it is my sister in-law's FAVORITE book to gift to new mothers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cristin on November 12, 2013
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I was given this as a gift when my daughter was born and we read it so often that I now recite it to her from memory with or without the book. The cadence of the verse is very soothing to her and to other children. My husband and I are foster parents and we recite this prose to many small children who come through our doors. I recently bought this copy to give to a baby who left the nest to start a new life with her biological father. "No Matter How Big You May Grow Dear or Whether We're Near or Apart, I Will Love You Forever and Ever for You are the Bear of My Heart."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Krische on December 19, 2013
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First read this with my 1 1/2 year old granddaughter after checking it out from the library. She loved it. I loved it. We bought it. It's a beautiful, sensitive, endearing tale of the enduring nature of love between a child and...a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle or anyone with a beloved child in their life. Lovely lilt in the text, soothing rhythm, soothing words. Perfect snuggle book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ludywhiteley on April 29, 2013
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Touching story in verse, adorable illustrations. Read it aloud to the bears of MY heart--one in her 20's and one in his 40's-- and cry every time I get to the part that says no matter how big you may grow, or whether we're near or apart, I will love you forever...
I need more copies of this book for gifts- I hope it will be reissued.
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My family LOVES this book! I checked it out of the Library and brought home for my sister in-law and her daughter (my niece) and it really touched her heart. My sister in-law cried happy tears and so I knew I just had to purchase for her to own. Now it is my sister in-law's FAVORITE book to gift to new mothers. She pairs it with a stuffed brown bear and it is often one of the biggest hits at every baby shower/birthday party I have been to with her.
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By C. Chase on March 28, 2013
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I checked this book out from our local library and my (18 month old) daughter and I loved reading it so much I had to buy it. This is a sweet rhyming story about a mama (or daddy) bear and a baby bear. Each page focuses on a different part of their relationship (telling stories, being silly, sharing secrets, snuggling) and how the parent bear will always love the baby bear. The short rhyming sentence on each page flow nicely making for a quick, but entertaining read that even the squirmiest toddler can sit through. This is a perfect bedtime story and worthy of nightly readings.
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