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PreSchool-Grade 2—With childlike wonder, a young bear asks questions about the natural world, such as "Why does the sun come and light up the day?" A big bear patiently answers: "To wake you from sleep so you come out to play." As the pair enjoy a picnic in the woods, they reflect upon why the path winds ("To take us on journeys and lead us to friends"), why the rain falls ("To help grow the things that we need to feed you"), why the sky thunders ("It's the song of the storm"), and more. As evening falls, the youngster inquires, "But what am I meant for and why am I here?" and is answered with a reassuring, "To live and to wonder, my darling, my dear." Howard's charming, soft-edged illustrations show the cub's exploration throughout the day, from dipping paws into a babbling stream to gazing at a full moon. The affection the characters feel for one another shines through in their gentle facial expressions and the paintings' warm colors. A sweet tale of discovery.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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A very cute bear asks a big bear a series of pressing questions in this charming book. He (or she) asks, “Why is the moon like a lamp in the sky?” and “But why must the world fill with roaring and crashing?” Near the end of the story, the little bear asks, “But what am I meant for and why am I here?” to which the big bear answers, “To live and to wonder, my darling, my dear.” Such rhymes are used on nearly every page as the older bear responds to the time-honored questions children ask as they begin to contend with the world around them. Howard’s dreamy illustrations perfectly complement the tone of Mitton’s text. The pictures are fuzzy and warm just like the two bears and their friends, mouse and rabbit, both of whom join the bears on their various excursions. A fine storybook for snuggling with at bedtime. Preschool-Grade 1. --Bina Williams
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