Title: baby bear sees BLUE
Written and illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Published by Beach Lane Books, 2012
Themes: colors, bears, daily rhythm
Deep down in the den, baby bear wakes up. He yawns and blinks and stretches his stubby legs.
All babies are inquisitive and Baby Bear is no different. As soon as he wakes up he starts asking questions. Who is waving at him? Who is singing? who splashed him? And for each question Mama Bear describes the aspect of nature Baby Bear is encountering, flora and fauna and thus Baby Bear discovers his colors. The waving leaves are green and the splashing trout is brown…right through to the end of this day and the grey sky of the storm and full rainbow of colors as the sun arrives, as well as the color as Baby Bear closes his eyes to sleep back in his safe den. Mama Bear is at his side patiently responding to every little question as together they explore the beauty of their forest home.
Why I like this book:
The simplicity of the synopsis does not do justice to the beautiful, evocative, heartwarming kid-centered nature of this story. It is a book that will make you go “ah” involuntarily! The mama/baby bond is adorable and comforting to readers, who know that their parents are there to reassure and respond to their queries as they explore their world. The shades and detailed linocut and watercolor illustrations of each double spread are luminous and inviting for young readers to discover and assert their color awareness. The red wild strawberries and the orange butterflies beckon readers into the charm and life to be found in the forest. The rhythm of the day mirrors the child’s own active days. While there are many books about bears and colors this was very fresh and attractive and had me rereading several times. The text is sparse and the pictures so dazzling that even very young readers will follow through on a group reading of this book.
Also, don’t miss the new Baby Bear book, released just ten days ago – Baby Bear Counts One. I cill certainly be adding this one to our PPBF list.
Six games to teach toddlers colors from What to Expect.
Color recognition from Fishing for Ideas for Preschoolers
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