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PreS-A bear awakes in his cave one morning and goes outside to look for food. On a rock nearby is an orange, pointy thing with green leaves at one end. He ventures to eat it and finds it, "Very good, yum, yum, yum; Very good indeed." After two more carrots are left on his rock, the bear decides to reciprocate with a something of his own-a honeycomb. He also tries to stay awake to see who the mysterious someone is who is leaving him presents, but he falls asleep instead. After two more exchanges, the bear and a shy bunny finally meet and contentedly share their mutual love of songs and food, on their way to what looks like a beautiful friendship. Pinkwater demonstrates a deft gift for writing for very young children, and the book is made more special by Hillenbrand's lovely pastel illustrations. They show the bear in the foreground in solid but subdued color against a delicate, barely discernible pattern of gray blue trees (and an occasional glimpse of bunny ears). The bear and the rabbit are very appealing, and the book as a whole begs to be read in storytime, possibly with other tales of unusual friendships.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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One morning, a sweet bear (as opposed to Pinkwater’s Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears, 2001) crawls out from his cave feeling peckish and discovers, right in front of him, something that was “orange and long and pointy and had green bushy leaves at one end.” The next morning there are two delicious carrots waiting for him, three the next, and then a whole pile. Now, a cynical creature might think it a trap, but this innocent soul is eager to share his own favorite food with his secret admirer and so leaves a honeycomb in return. After more exchanges and happy ditties, a bunny finally appears, and the new friends enjoy a sunset together. The simple story’s design is nicely romanticized, with full-bleed, lightly sketched forest backgrounds spread out over long pages, with the placid action depicted in mixed-media browns and greens with gentle highlights. The book’s Pooh-like charm protects it from preciousness and makes for a tender tale about the satisfaction to be found in a fond, contented relationship. Preschool-Grade 1. --Andrew Medlar
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763645699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763645694
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bear in Love is a beautiful collaboration from two of my favorite picture book storytellers. Daniel Pinkwater tells a sweet story of new found friendship in a voice that just begs to be read aloud. You can feel the excitement from Bear as he discovers presents left from an unknown friend, and his wonder and curiosity after he decides to leave presents in return and find out just who is leaving him such delicious surprises. Bear's frequent bursts into song bring to mind a certain bear named Pooh mostly because this story is filled with the same sort of gentle charm and humor. My favorite moment is when Bear and Bunny finally meet and bear says "You are some cute little bear" and the bunny says "And you are quite the big strong bunny." This is a nice little testament to the fact that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

This sweet little tale is perfectly complemented by illustrations that are cute enough to just melt your heart. Bear is delightfully huggable and expressive, whether he is tentatively tasting his first carrot, or trying very hard not to go to sleep. The color palette is soft and comfortable, making this a perfect bedtime story. What better way to go to sleep than with images of this delightful Bear and his Bunny friend singing songs together as the sun goes down. This is a perfect purchase for any toddler or preschooler's bedtime story collection. It's just a bit too long for story time, but that doesn't dampen my enthusiasm for this beautifully presented story.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a tale of a whimsical happy bear who lives alone in a cave just big enough for himself. Each morning when he awakes, he stretches out his arms and greats the sun and then thinks about finding something to eat. This particular morning, bear discovers an object laying on a rock in front of his cave. It's an object that he's never seen before. Orange, long, pointy with green feathery things at one end. Could it be something to eat? He tries it and says "It's crunchy, tasty, cool....yum!"

He then breaks out in song as he runs through the woods, singing about his orange tasty thing. The next morning there are two of the strange things, so he eats them, too. This produces another joyous romp through the woods accompanied by a song. These gifts continue to multiply and this makes bear very happy indeed. But now he wants to leave a gift for the bearer of the orange things so he leaves a honey comb on the rock and tries to stay awake at night to see who comes. But, alas, bear falls asleep and misses the visitor.

The next day in place of the honeycomb, there is a single daisy which produces another glorious song while bear skips through the woods. This gift exchange continues with blueberries from bear, a cookie from the stranger, a chocolate bar with only two bites gone. Bear tries to see who is leaving the gifts and one day sees a little bear (actually a bunny) looking at him from out of a bush. The bunny thinks bear is a big big bunny and they become friends , living happily in the woods.

Friendship comes in all sizes and shapes and this makes a wonderful bedtime story for small children. Soft colors, simple happy words and gentle little story.
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A little bear was snuggled up in his cave, but soon it was time to rise and shine. Bear threw his arms up in the air and yawned as he thought about what he could find to put in his chubby little tummy. He leaned over and found something very, very peculiar sitting on a rock. It was "orange and long and pointy and had green bushy leaves at one end." What could that thing possibly be? No matter because it was a very tasty peculiar thing. He began to skip through the trees as he sang, "Very good, very good / Very good indeed / Very good, yum yum yum / Very good indeed." Yes it was, but who had left it there for him?

The next day was even better because there was not one, but two of those yummy things on the rock. Bear wiggled his nose and put his paw to his mouth. Mmmmmmm! He smiled and sang and danced through the forest again, still wondering who had left those peculiar things for him. The next day there were three and the next there was a whole pile of them! "Someone must like me / Someone is nice / Very good, yum yum yum / Someone is nice." Bear went to gather up some honey, but decided not to eat it all up. He put a honeycomb on the rock, but would he be able to discover who had left him all those very tasty peculiar things?

This is a delightfully quaint story of friendship little ones will love. Of course the little bear has no idea who is leaving him those carrots, but is certain that if he leaves something in return he will discover that special someone who has been leaving them. Bear's secret admirer, in turn, receives several little gifts that are special to bear. The artwork definitely knows how to spell l-o-v-e without saying a single word. Small things like a daisy awaiting the little bear say it all. The little twist at the end is adorable and heartwarming. This is a story about differences, but also about those "extra-special" friendships that even little ones can appreciate!
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Gorgeous illustrations and a sweet story about giving and friendship and doing something nice for someone else. My son chooses it regularly for the reading rotation and it is one of the books he "reads" by himself. I got this one as a gift for my niece since we enjoy our copy so much.
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