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|Bear is awake! : an alphabet story|
Author: Harrison, Hannah E.
An alphabet book in which a bear wakes unexpectedly in the middle of winter, and meets a young girl who tries to figure out what he is supposed to be doing.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/19)
School Library Journal (+) (11/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2019 PreS-Gr 2—Alphabet books are published fairly regularly for good reason: they help children crack the code to letter sounds and words. Every once in a while, a special one comes out that grabs readers with its creativity and spirit while still accomplishing all its lofty goals. This is one of those elusive abecedarians. Right from the get-go, readers know that this book is going to be exciting: "Bear is Awake!" That exclamation portends good things. Bear wakes up after his winter nap and finds a cozy cottage where he rings a doorbell. A startled little girl lets him in and he proceeds to eat everything in sight. The bear is adorably goofy, the palette soft and colorful, and the movements of the bear and the girl across the pages pull readers contentedly through the book. The underlying story of friendship and empathy is charming and the vocabulary accessible and informative. Harrison cites Helen Oxenbury's ABC of Things as her inspiration and hopes this book inspires wonder like that great one before her. VERDICT This is a must-buy for any parent, elementary, or juvenile collection, and teachers will find this a great model text for writing.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.