Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Bear Came Over to My House

The Bear Came Over to My House

Spring 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 1 - 3 yrs.
Author: Rick Walton
Illustrator: James Warhola
ISBN: 0-339-23415-2
Hardcover Price: $14.99
It's hard to imagine a toddler able to resit the charms of the clunky bear hero of Rick Walton's breezy nonsense tale. This overweight behemoth arrives on the scene bearing the gift of a swing, and thereby is launched a series of slapstick disasters - all of them sure to delight youngest viewers. (All of them, of course, star the uninvited bear/guest.) Warhola's action-packed pictures couldn't be better, and there is even a subtle bonus: young listeners will become familiar with the present and past tenses of various commonly used irregular verbs. Be prepared for countless re-readings.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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