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Bear and Bunny

Bear and Bunny

Spring 2016 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Author: Daniel Pinkwater
Illustrator: Will Hillenbrand
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763671532
Hardcover Price: $15.99

In Daniel Pinkwater and Will Hillenbrand's picture book, Bear in Love, a sweet, rosy-cheeked bear's mystery friend turns out to be a kind little rabbit-although, as this sequel makes clear, the bear thinks that the bunny "is a very small bear," and the bunny "is sure the bear is a very large bunny." Master storyteller Pinkwater teams up again with illustrator Will Hillenbrand, and each complements the other's tender approach to this endearing friendship. The bear and bunny spend idyllic days in the woods, wandering along on their own and together, chatting, napping, and breaking into song, and then, at the bunny's instigation, the friends look for a pet. What will it be? A pinecone? A caterpillar? No, they decide, a kitty will be the perfect pet. So what if their "kitty" can hop, has green skin and goes "croak?" The simple sweetness of this tale, never sticky, is genuinely touching.

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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