Author: McEwen, Katharine
One young bear is facing his first winter alone. Then across the babbling water he meets a mate, and they weather the winter together in a big bear hug.
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Reading Level: 3.50
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Kirkus Reviews (-) (05/15/14)
School Library Journal (10/01/14)
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School Library Journal - 10/01/2014 PreS-K—A young bear prepares for hibernation, just as his parents taught him. He gathers leaves for his cave, feasts on fish and berries, and meets a mate. When winter comes, they slumber in their cozy den, "snug in a big bear hug." In spring, they awake together and welcome their new cub. As summer becomes autumn, they teach their little one how to get ready for winter, retreating to their cave when snow starts to fall. McEwen's mostly double-page collage illustrations deftly capture the feel of a dense forest, filled with stylized trees, snowflakes, rocks, and birds. Though the bears are not heavily anthropomorphized, the story is more idealized than factual, as real bears are solitary animals and do not rear their young in family units. An appealing, if somewhat flawed, portrayal of serene bear life amid the changing of seasons.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.