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Beautiful story to share with your little cub
on November 13, 2010
There are many books out there that celebrate the love of a parent or a grandparent for a child, but there are few that celebrate the joy of a child who truly cares for his parent. This theme of family members caring for each other where the child gets to take an active role sets this beautiful book apart from the rest. The story is simple. Old Bear tells his cub to do things like eat his porridge and tie his scarf. Little Cub doesn't want to and argues with Old Bear before finally giving in. When Old Bear starts to feel ill, the roles are reversed and little cub gets to take care of Old Bear and help him feel better. All of this is couched in a repeating refrain of "Old Bear loved his Little Cub with all his heart. Little Cub loved Old Bear with all his heart." It's all very straightforward and the message of love and caring is powerful.
The illustrations are gorgeous. Old Bear is perfectly portrayed; he looks sort of like Wilford Brimley in a delightfully bearish sort of way. Little Cub is shown with just the right touch of impish charm. I loved that their cheeks are always flushed from the cold. The two make an adorable pair! Their antics are played out on a stark white background of winter. The picture of their cottage in the woods with all of its icicles and snow piled around evokes the perfect winter scene. Perhaps my favorite scene is the end when Old Bear and Little Cub curl up in bed with a book and a pot of hot tea. So simple and yet such a perfect end to a tale best shared between a parent and child. I can't imagine a better book to give your little cub this Christmas.