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I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear Hardcover – January 1, 2009
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—Bear has a problem, and everyone he meets offers a solution. The only rub is that no one listens long enough to hear what's really bothering him. As he goes through town, an inventor, a tailor, a hatter, a doctor, and shopkeepers load him down with their remedies. At long last, his true concern—he's afraid of his dark cave—is revealed when he meets a fly who is willing to listen and is looking for a new home. While the story is a little bland, the theme of frustration at not being heard will resonate with young audiences. The charming watercolor illustrations are full of details. This title would work best for one-on-one sharing.—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY
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A large bear walks through town asking people for help. But before he can explain his problem, each person he asks interrupts the bear to present him with a solution: wings from an inventor, vitamins from a doctor, boots from a shoemaker, and so on. Finally he climbs a hill outside town and meets a friendly fly, who listens to his problem and offers a good solution. The simple text reads aloud well, and children will soon chime in on the repeated refrain. Those listening closely may notice that each person cuts off the bear’s sentence one word sooner than the last. Most of the double-page spreads feature large, colorful illustrations in mixed media with collage elements as well as smaller pencil drawings. Fanciful details in the artwork add their own charm to the narrative. First published in Austria, this amusing offering will also appeal to children here. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan