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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Review: A Bed for Bear

Bernard the Bear is getting sleepy. It's nearly time to hibernate and he must start looking for a bed. He isn't interested in a bear cave--too noisy and crowded for him. It might be good for some bears, but not Bernard.

So the young bear sets out to find his cosy spot.

He asks Frog if he can try his lily pad. But it proves a little bit wet.

He asks Bird if he can try his tree. But it's a little bit windy.
He asks Rabbit if he can try his burrow. But it's a bit of a tight fit.

And on he goes, asking animal after animal if he can try out a sleepy spot that may just prove perfect.

Finally, clever mouse shows Bernard the very best place for hibernating bears.

This is a very typical storyline, with much repetitiveness--something that attracts very small kids. The illustrations are its forte--just gorgeous, textural and utterly charming, with plenty of white space and fine layout and design.

A nice bedtime book.

Title: A Bed for Bear
Author/Illustrator: Clive McFarland
Publisher: Harper, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: 27 April 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780062393326
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Picture Book

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