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Tuesday 22 March 2011

Review: The Honey and Bear Stories

I must admit, I love an in-between book – a book that nestles sweetly between a picture book and junior fiction. Something mummy or daddy really needs to read aloud to wee ones – or something that provides the perfect new-reader fodder for children still ‘innocent’ enough to enjoy a story bathed in fairytale.

This adorable book introduces readers to a large and gentle bear and his unlikey pal – Honey the bird – who live together in a sweet house in the woods, and who go about their daily life as a bird and a bear would.

They go for walks, they cook, they clean, they plop marbles down the kitchen plug hole – tiny tales warmly secreted into simple yet utterly adorable chapters.

This is the perfect book for very young children with an excellent attention span and who are ready for a more sophisticated book text-wise.

With absolutely charming illustrations by Ron Brooks, I just wish I had met Honey and Bear when my kids where little. And when I was little.

Title: The Honey and Bear Stories
Author: Ursula Dubosarsky
Illustrator: Ron Brooks
Publisher: Penguin, $14.95
Publication Date: 3 May 2010
ISBN: 9780143305002
Format: Soft cover