From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This simple, sweet story of Bear and his affable little friend, Chipmunk, follows the pair through a day of wintertime activities. "I love snow!" Bear says as they gaze out the window at the falling flakes. "Me, too!" Chipmunk replies, cap and sweater in hand. Outdoors, Bear has lots of ideas: he will dig a path in the snow, make a snowman, ice skate, and ski. And so will Chipmunk. At home, over cocoa and cookies in front of the fireplace, outerwear hanging on a clothesline, they reflect on the fun they had. Short declarative sentences and a great deal of repetition make this picture book perfect for developing readers. The large, joyful watercolor and ink illustrations are enchanting and will help children make predictions regarding unfamiliar words. Well done.-Erica Thorsen Payne, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Charlottesville, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Peering out the window at a snowstorm, Bear declares, “I love the snow!” and his friend Chipmunk responds, “Me too!” Soon they’re outdoors shoveling, making a snowman, ice skating, and skiing. Then when Bear comments that the snow comes up to his knees, Chipmunk says, “Mine too!” Comically, that statement is true only because he has fallen upside down into a snowy hollow and is dangling from his crossed skis. Every time the burly bear makes a statement or two, the little chipmunk chimes in with a brief, positive response, usually “Me too!” While his remarks may lack originality, Chipmunk more than makes up that with enthusiasm, conveyed mainly through the large-scale illustrations. The relatively large format of the I Like to Read series offers plenty of space for Gorbachev’s expressive ink drawings, brightened with watercolors. Reflecting the dialogue, the artwork sets a companionable tone. With its large-print text, lively artwork, and simple story of friendship, this book will please beginning readers and pre-readers alike. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan