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|Bear and Bunny|
Author: Pinkwater, Daniel Manus
Bear and Bunny exchange ideas on what makes a good pet as they wander in the forest.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 182162
Kirkus Reviews (09/15/15)
School Library Journal (+) (10/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 PreS-Gr 1—Bear and Bunny became friends at the end of this pair's gentle whodunit Bear in Love (Candlewick, 2012), in which they learned about the reciprocity of friendship, and they remain inseparable in this iteration. Spending their days wandering and singing little ditties that add to the charm of the relationship, the two do not even recognize that they are of different species: "You see, the bear is sure that the bunny is a very small bear. The bunny is sure the bear is a very large bunny." The narrator says it would be too hard to explain, and it doesn't matter anyway. Whether this is an important global lesson on friendship or a statement about the animals' limited intelligence doesn't matter either. For the cliff-hanger in this story is the fate of a little frog adopted by the two…who believe he is a kitten. Hillenbrand's mixed-media illustrations are the real winners here, with a faded forest background creating a sense of place without distraction. Bear's and Bunny's gestures, expressions, and movements are simple yet full of humanity. A wonderful storytime addition and an opportunity for compare and contrast, perhaps with one of Bonny Becker's "Bear and Mouse" (Candlewick) books. VERDICT Recommended for most picture book collections.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence, RI - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/01/2015 The gentle bear and rabbit who became fast friends in Bear in Love (2012) now share the wonders of the forest (pinecones! caterpillars!) with each other and sing about their discoveries. Bunny wonders why they don’t have a pet, and, after he explains the concept (“an animal you take care of and feed, and it loves you”), he and Bear discuss possible candidates. A pinecone? Not an animal. A caterpillar? Not much fun. Soon they find their pet: a small “kitty” up in a tree. One look at the illustrations will tell kids that this pet is actually a frog, and it’s an insight they will definitely want to share. It’s hard to explain the charm of Pinkwater’s quiet story in terms of its plot, since so much depends upon the well-chosen wording, pacing, and tone of the text. Hillenbrand’s mixed-media artwork reflects that understated tone beautifully, while portraying the characters and settings with strength and delicacy. A satisfying choice for reading aloud. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.