BABY BEAR’S BOOKS
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Harcourt Children’s Books, 2006
Baby Bear’s Books grew out of two things—first it was the follow up to the successful Baby Bear’s Chairs, both with delicious pictures by Melissa Sweet. And both books were expansions of poems that had been in my much earlier Three Bears Rhyme Book with Jane Dyer. In fact the poem “Read to Me” in that book which is reinvented in several ways in Baby Bear’s Books is still in a popular poster with Jane Dyer’s iconic picture, as well as having been reprinted…well…just about everywhere!
What reviewers have said:
- “PreSchool-K–This follow-up to Baby Bears Chairs (Harcourt, 2005) is a sweetly illustrated poem about a cubs passion for books. Baby Bear loves to be read to, and from morning until bedtime, he convinces a loved one to share a tale or two. He and his ever-present stuffed bee listen with rapt attention, and sometimes he returns the favor by reading a wordless book aloud. Rhyming couplets reveal a day in the life of this much-cherished cub as his parents and older brother indulge his delight in the written word. Mixed-media and collage illustrations create a warm and comfortable world filled with honey gathering, fishing, eating, and relaxing, pastimes that are all accompanied by books. Plaids, checks, stripes, and polka dots decorate the clothing and household of this happy family. Piled-up volumes are found on tabletops, the front porch, shelves, and even the hammock. The charming double-page pictures are large enough to share with groups, and the rhymes will engage listeners.”—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (School Library Journal )