From Library Journal
PreSchool-K-Cabban captures and communicates the perpetual motion of a carefree toddler. The rhyming text follows a young bear through a day of normal doings (walking with parents, a picnic with friends, bath time). Each double-page spread shows the smiling youngster finding love in an activity. "Love is splish-splashing through puddles,/And love's getting soaked in the rain./Love is a rainbow that bursts through the sky/When the Sun begins shining again." The book is saved from being overly sweet, though just barely, by the exuberance of the watercolor-and-ink illustrations. This book is meant for one-on-one sharing, and youngsters will enjoy searching for the tiny mice that follow the young bear and his friends on their adventures. If your copy of Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995) sees a lot of action, this book will too.Timothy Capehart, Leominster Public Library, MA
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From Kirkus Reviews
A little bear's day is filled with lovebig, small, buzzing, wet, and sweet. Andreae points out that love can cover a much wider range of experiences than simple romantic notions, and may not even involve another person: ``Love is a feeling of laughing out loud,'' or, more insipidly, ``Love is a rainbow that bursts through the sky when the sun begins shining again.'' Where there is a connection to another person or creature, ``Love is when somebody quietly listens to everything you've got to say.'' Making friends with bees, slurping handfuls of honey, and bursting to share the day's adventures with family at bathtime are some of the more original expressions of feeling that ring true. Cabban's illustrations show the little bear's world as a secure, happy placejust the kind of home where love abounds. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.