The Bear in the Book Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-26 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings

" Both a story of a bear's hibernation and a story of a boy sharing a book with his mother. Mom perfectly models how to share a book with her child - they snuggle up, they have a conversation, they identify things in the pictures, the boy turns pages. Lovely. " said.

" Another soothing and lyrical Kate Banks/Georg Hallensleben collaboration, this is a departure in that it's also metafiction, lushly evoking the experience of reading a familiar book while also being the familiar book. Yet it manages to keep this complex concept from overbalancing the simple and quiet intimacy of the book itself. " said.

" This is a story about a boy reading a book about a bear in hibernation. I think kids will find it intriguing in that it's like reading a story about themselves reading the same book. It is a reflection of the reader in a way. You'll be lulled to sleep with the quiet, lyrical text and soft, fuzzy illustration. It makes a great bedtime story. " said.

" A perfect bedtime book for kids. It mixes fantasy with reality and is gentle and by the end everyone is ready for sleep. The language is a bump up from simple phrasing - although it does require a good attention span so this is for more experienced kids at the read-aloud routine.The rating is mine, my kids were too sleepy and relaxed to care about star ratings. " said.

" This book works on many levels- bedtime book, science lesson, or model for would-be readers-to-children. Perhaps I've spent too long coaching beginning teachers, but I had to read this the second time to enjoy it from a child's view. The first time through I couldn't stop focusing on how well it portrays a read-aloud interaction with a child and a picture book. " said.

" A mother reads her child his favorite bedtime story: the story of a big black bear getting ready for his own deep winter slumber. Rhythmic text and vibrant paintings capture the tender interplay between a child's nighttime ritual and a bear's annual hibernation, making this the perfect pick for a long, snowy evening. " said.

" I love this team, but the concept of this book just doesn't work for me. It's basically a book about a book being read to a small boy. I guess it celebrates the idea of a favorite book and a cozy bedtime routine, but I found it a little confusing. He illustration are beautiful and certainly evoke a sleepy mood. " said.

" A quiet bedtime book, with the ritual of a little boy choosing his favorite bedtime book, and a story of a bear hibernating (story within a story). Great modeling -- how the mother explains as she reads to the little boy, answers his questions as they share the time together (and that's what I appreciate most about this book -- the representation of this special reading time.) Author and illustrator reside in France. Illustrator of the Gaspard & Lisa books. Very painterly style. " said.

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