What a pleasure it is to see our old friends Bear, Mole, Mouse and Wren back for another adventure. Hare, Badger, Owl and a host of other familiar woodland creatures appear on these pages dedicated to learning colors and celebrating friendship. All of the friends join together throughout the book, which ends in a fun picnic and an invitation to the reader to find colors "just like Bear."
The book beautifully illustrates the colors brown, green, yellow, red, and blue. The rhyming is as smooth as ever, aside from one little blip when green and stream don't seem to quite measure up. A couple of read aloud practice runs will no doubt smooth things out and keep this rollicking collection of friends rolling along.
Two page spreads highlighting the colors alternate with two page spreads featuring the characters and lots of white space. This makes the colors really pop and leaves little doubt about what color is being illustrated. Each color spread also features the color word in a large font.
Anyone familiar with the Bear series of books will gladly embrace this new picnic among friends. It's a short little feel good story of picnics, nature and friendship that will also help your little one learn some valuable basic concepts. This is a perfect choice for older toddlers or young preschoolers just learning their colors, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for the youngest readers to the Bear series of books. With excellent writing and charming illustrations, this book is an enthusiastic recommend for story time and any personal collection.