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Wednesday 11 April 2018

Review: The Bear in Our Backyard

In this heartwarming sequel to The Lion in our Living Room, Tilly and her younger brother Tom head outside to wait for the bear in their backyard to finish napping and come out to play.

Our big brown bear was sleepy. 
We love our bear the best.
Our games are so much better after bear has had a rest.

Part of a special game between child and parent, the bear is, of course, not really a bear. 

This time it’s Mum who's playing pretend, and she knows all the best games to play.

Bear can swing our skipping rope and hula hoop so fast.
We leap and twirl and whizzy whirl, then tumble down at last.

Emma Middleton has once again delivered a gorgeous story that celebrates the special connection between children and their parents, and it’s all about mums in this loving tale — a mum with a teeny tiny secret that isn’t revealed until the end.

Paired with Briony Stewart’s divine illustrations, The Bear in Our Backyard is a magical book to explore, with beautifully soft colours filling every corner of every page and character expressions that radiate love and the powerful connection of family. 

With rhythmic rhyme flowing throughout, this is the perfect book for bedtime snuggles. And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, it also makes a loving gift from child to mum or for new mums with bubs on the way (it even comes with a bonus card to make gift giving a breeze!).

Title: The Bear in Our Backyard
Author: Emma Middleton
Illustrator: Briony Stewart
Publisher: Affirm Press, $24.99
Publication Date: 27 March 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925584806
For ages: 2+
Type: Picture Book