Today’s return to Picture Book Perfect Fridays launches with one of my favorite British author/illustrators. Mick Inkpen is a master storyteller, both with his pen and brush! I believe many of you will be familiar with Kipper and Wibbly Pig. Well today I bring you, Bear. He will not disappoint, I am sure.
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By Mick Inkpen
Published by Hodder Children’s Books, 1997
Themes: Bears, fantasy, imagination
Opening Lines/Synopsis: “A small wooshing sound. Then a plop! A bounce. And a kind of squeak. That was how the bear landed in my baby sister’s playpen.”
When was the last time you had a bear fall out of the sky and land in front of you? What, never? Oh, my, such sheltered lives you have lived! Well this little boy and his baby sister took this event in their stride. It was when he took Sophie’s biscuit and drink that both kids knew this was a real bear. They keep him secret, wouldn’t you? They have such fun with him at home and at school, and even when his naughtiness gets them into trouble. But, oh-oh, when the serious man in the serious hat comes knocking at the door and replies that yes, they nearly always do have to take away bears such as this bear, things look to end on a sad note. Except, as luck would have it, this bear has fallen into s storybook, which MAY make all the difference as to who decides his fate.
Why I like this Book: I love the cute illustrations and the surprise pop-up. The ending will thrill children and I am pretty sure they will look at their own bears with questioning eyes after reading this story. It is full of toddler make-believe and you just wish it could be so. the typical relationship between brother and little, yet-to-speak sister, is quaint. the books real charm lies in it simplicity both in language and art-style.
Activities: The main activity for this story is the discussion provoked by the end of the book.
I also suggest having each child tell a small story about one of their stuffed toys coming to life.
I hope you will enjoy our fall selection of wonderful books reviewed each week by around 30 book bloggers and compiled by the lovely Susanna Hill on her blog.