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You and Me, Little Bear Hardcover – August 5, 1996

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

They're ba-ack! The most bewitching bruins to hit the printed page since Paddington and Pooh now return for a third engagement, and it's just as winsome as their previous outings (Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?; Let's Go Home, Little Bear). A warm tale of togetherness, the story quickly strikes a theme familiar to any preschooler: "Little Bear wanted to play, but Big Bear had things to do." The cave needs cleaning, the wood needs fetching and, before long, Big Bear needs a nap. Not Little Bear?he's full of energy and, after exhausting the solo possibilities (such as "bear-stand-on-his-head" and "bear-run-around-by-himself"), he finally coaxes Big Bear to play with him. Waddell's finely honed text demonstrates the virtues of simplicity, and Firth's expressive watercolors splendidly amplify the story. Clothed in the colors of an autumn forest, the pages brim with emotion: through the tilt of a furry head or the incline of a paw, Firth conveys all the tenderness of the parent/child relationship. Author and artist are a match made in picture book heaven. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Little Bear wants to play, but there is much work to be done. After gathering wood for the fire, getting water from the stream, cleaning up the cave, etc., Big Bear takes a well-deserved rest. Tired of playing by himself, Little Bear comes to talk to him and finds him asleep. The energetic youngster wakes the weary adult and coaxes him into a round of bear games. This sweetly realistic story captures an unremarkable yet typical day in a preschooler's life. Muted watercolors and pencil drawings depict forest life and convey the gentle, loving feelings the bears have for one another through mildly expressive features. As with Waddell's Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (1992) and Let's Go Home, Little Bear (1993, both Candlewick), this title successfully interprets a well-recognized and universal theme.
Rita Soltan, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Series: Little Bear
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st U.S. ed edition (August 5, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564028798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564028792
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Martin Waddell is the Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner 2004 and two-time Smarties Prize winner. Among his many books for children are the Little Bear and Farmer Duck series. Martin lives in Newcastle in County Down.

Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Kehn on May 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
As with all Martim Waddell's books about Little Bear, this is a perfect bedtime book. The text is very comforting, happy, and easy to understand. It is a book that leaves you and your child feeling good as it concentrates on the parent/child bond. I like leaving my kids with this story in their heads at bedtime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Georgina McAuliffe on February 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
My 2 year old likes this short story about a big bear and a little bear spending the day together. The big bear does chores and the little bear helps. The little bear also plays by himself while the big bear is busy. Eventually they play together (hide and seek and bat and ball) before going home in the evening. My little girl likes the page where little bear plays by himself - there are little pictures of him sliding and swinging and playing with sticks. I disagree with the "no rhythm" review. Its not a complex text but adequate and the pictures are charming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book that reflects the real life of a toddler. My 3 year old daughter can relate to the story. There are times when a parent needs to get things done before playtime.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Bennett on November 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
In the fine tradition of his "Little Bear" books, Martin Waddell has created another timeless classic for young children and their weary parents. Little Bear wants to play but Big Bear has chores to do. Little Bear "helps" Big Bear for awhile, but ends up having to entertain himself... but by the time the chores are finished, Big Bear is exhausted...
Barbara Firth has created winsome illustrations that will draw you in and make you feel that being a bear and living in a cave (with a fireplace and "bear chair") might not be all that bad.
At our house, Big Bear and Little Bear are good friends and are dearly loved... all because of the winning combination of a warm story of a parent-child relationship and the cozy illustrations that accompany it. A lovely book to share with your child and a gentle reminder to parents that this time with little ones is precious (and fleeting).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a sweet book, plain and simple. It is a father and son bonding story. My wife included a picture of her "big bear" and "little bear" in the inside front cover.
Our 2 year old son enjoys reading the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunny swimmer on August 17, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 25-month old son requests that we read this book (as well as "Let's Go Home, Little Bear") very often. At first I wasn't very keen on it; it has a strange rythym and it took a while for it to grow on me.

Little Bear wants to play, but Big Bear has things to do so Little Bear must help clean up as well as entertain himself while Big Bear finishes his chores. When all the work is done Big Bear is able to play with Little Bear. My son listens to this book intently and clearly working on understanding that we 'Big Bears' can't always play with him when he wants us to. It's a hard lesson for a little person, and one that I am grateful to this book for helping him to understand. He refers to Little and Big Bear at those times when he wants to play and we can't, and it comforts him to know that he is not alone in having to wait - Little Bear had to, too.
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