- Age Range: 5 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: AD730L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452114242
- ISBN-13: 978-1452114248
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.5 x 14.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Kelley
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So, what's so special? "The Bear's Song" is a sweet story of a daddy bear settling in for his winter hibernation, only to discover that his little cub has run off in search of honey. As daddy heads out to find his cub, he runs through the forest, through the city, through an opera house, and through an opera itself, getting glimpses of the cub and the honey bee he's following. I won't spoil the end for you, but suffice it to say that it's a sweet one (in more ways than one -- honey *is* involved).
While the story is cute, the really wonderful thing about this book is the brilliant illustrating. The pictures are INCREDIBLE -- amazingly detailed, with hidden hilariousness buried in the busyness of each page. You seriously discover, and laugh at, something new with each read. I didn't even realize that the back cover was sort of the finale of the story until our fourth or fifth visit with the book. On each page, you join the daddy bear in his search for the cub (and the honey bee) in a "Where's Waldo?"-esque (but far, far cuter and more artistic) image. The cub and bee CAN be seen on each page (we didn't find them all in our first read-through), and there are tons of other cute touches too. It's seriously a joy to read, for kids and parents alike.
I'd recommend this book more for older toddlers (say, 3 and up), preschoolers and kindergarteners -- the pictures might be too dense for younger toddlers to get much out of, though they'd still be pleasurable, and the story would still be sweet. Since it's kind of under the radar (or at least I'd never heard of it -- it's a French author and was published there first, so maybe it was never really marketed in the US) and probably not going to be in everyone's library already, this is going to be a big gift book for us in the months to come.
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