From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-While all of the other bears in the toy store are asleep, one sits with wide-open eyes and a worried expression. As they wake up, the others try to figure out what is the matter with him. The Laundry Bears wash his sweater, the Polar Bears warm him up, the Big Boss Bear organizes a search for the worried bear's family, and Blabber Bear chatters to the silent animal about all the things he used to worry about. Suddenly the store is open and all of the bears are at attention, except for Worry Bear, who is fast asleep next to Blabber Bear. The illustrations capture the stuffed toys' different personalities with humor and whimsical detail. However, the text reads in an unnatural manner, as though it were an animated story that the author endeavored to capture on paper, and the stilted language is awkward to read aloud. The illustrations will appeal to teddy bear enthusiasts, but most children will prefer Don Freeman's Corduroy (Viking, 1968).Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Dutch