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K-Gr 2–In this engaging, oversize picture book, Papa Bear is just settling down for winter when he realizes that Little Bear has run off. The cub is chasing a bee, first through the forest and then through a French metropolis. Papa Bear searches everywhere, finally catching sight of his son on the steps of the Opera House. But inside, now where did he go? Young readers will enjoy figuring out the answer as they search page by page for Little Bear and the bee. Each large spread features a scene filled with dozens of figures, many of which serve as decoys for Little Bear. What makes the watercolor and line illustrations even more fun are the humorous details, such as the two woodcutters who have scurried up a tree as Papa Bear runs past them in the forest. With its rich colors, heavy paper, and cosmopolitan locale, this is more than a seek-and-find book, and the story has a very sweet ending involving honey and Papa Bear's song. A pleasing choice for kids who just can't get enough Waldo, and even those who can.–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* This visual treat of a book follows Papa Bear and Little Bear on an adventure from the countryside to a bustling city. Papa Bear is hibernating in the forest, toes up and round belly on full display. Little Bear, however, is too caught up in honey thoughts to worry about winter approaching, and a sort of buzzing beckons him out of the forest. He’s hot on the heels of a bee. Call it intuition, but Papa Bear wakes suddenly wondering where his little cub has scampered off to and he sets off at a trot through the forest. This is the premise, and it’s simple enough, right? But no—French author and illustrator Chaud wends us through intricate scenes, first populated with all kinds of animals and trees, then cityscapes filled with people, so bustling and charmingly detailed that the eye, happily, doesn’t know where to land first. It’s Where’s Waldo?, Little Bear–style. Chaud, however, knows when to pause for effect, as during Papa Bear’s rousing solo at the Opera House, where Little Bear has arrived. The pictures really do tell the story here; the words seem almost unnecessary. With a distinctive art style, large vertical trim size, and expressive characters—from bear to opera-goer—this is a book not to be missed. Encore! Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ann KelleySee all Editorial Reviews
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Beautifully illustrated book. Kids can look at it over and over and see different things. The book was bigger then I expected.Published 6 months ago by Mamato2
This is one of our favorite recent children's books. The story is charming and fun and the art work is extraordinary.Published 7 months ago by Three Skookalas
There r a lot of detail objects n situation that I can read my baby. Pictures r so cute n storie's also cute. One of my favorite picture book!Published 7 months ago by merry merry
Beautiful books - 4 and 6 year old nephews loved searching for Little Bear. I loved looking at all the details! Great gift!Published 7 months ago by Catattack17
This is a wonderful book. Loved by all three of my book-loving childern, aged two, three and a half, and nearly six.Published 8 months ago by John O Wamsted