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There, There Board book – February 10, 2015
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PreS-Gr 2–Hansie Bear is a bit clumsy. Although he has lots of ideas and imagination when it comes to pretending, he always gets bumped or scraped in some way. It would be fun to walk like a duck, he thinks, until he falls sideways into a ditch and hurts his knee. Digging his deepest hole ever just gets sand in his eyes, and he also falls off his swing and bumps his head. Luckily, Dad is there to rescue his cub. He puts a bandage on Hansie's knee, tells the little bear to “blinkety-blink” to clear his eyes, hugs him, and offers a timely “there, there…you'll be fine” after each mishap. With such comforting, Hansie is up and ready to play again. But later that afternoon, he sees his father coming home walking very slowly. Dad hurt his foot when he stepped on a thorn. Mom pulls it out, but Hansie knows just what to do to make his dad feel better: “There, there,” he says with a hug, “we'll be all right now.” The soft illustrations are done in mixed media; Bates has captured the warmth of a father's love for his son in the older bear's expressions, and Hansie is an adorable young bear, full of curiosity and energy. A fine portrayal of parental love and caring.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Father Bear takes on the role of nurturer in this day-in-the-life tale of his cub. He is never far from Hansie as the young bear sets out on various adventures on a windy autumn day. When the cub falls into a hole, it’s Dad who helps him out, administers first aid, and offers comfort with a “there, there.” The typical toddler day continues with several explorations and a few upsets. At the end of the day, when it’s Father who is hurt, the small bear soothes his dad with gentle words and a big hug. The charming mixed-media illustrations, from small vignettes to double-page spreads, are softly hued except for Hansie’s bright red shirt. An ever-present family of ducks appears in most pictures and adds lightness and humor. Hansie is a prime example of how a youngster models behaviors, from mimicking his friends’ playful antics to displaying sympathy and caring learned from watching his father. Preschool. --Maryann Owen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Little Hansie is a cute little bear, more Paddington than Berenstain. Ivan Bates' mixed media illustrations are nice enough: different than the energetic ones Anita Jeram penned for the previous book, but pleasing nonetheless. Full of autumnal colors and falling leaves. Lots of animals in the scenery for young children to spot.
Overall, perhaps not the modern classic as Guess How Much I Love You, but acres better than another animal-hug book, Give Me a Hug!. Very few picture books celebrate the father-son relationship, and I have tried to be that dad myself. I also endorse a book which lets kids be kids. Scrape your knee? There, there, you'll be OK.
*I received this for review - all opinions are my own*
Then one day Papa Bear injures his foot. Will Hansie know what to do to make his Papa feel better? Of course !
The illustrations are adorable and this is a nice story about how to provide loved ones with a little comfort when they need it. I can't wait to share this book with my granddaughter when she visits. Then it will be hers to take home and enjoy.
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As a side note, my little one has unintentionally learned a few things from the book--not to be afraid of bandages, and how to "blinkety-blink."