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Old Bearby Kevin Henkes
Henkes, author of Kitten's First Full Moon and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, adds a new classic to his list with Old Bear. This lovable story about a bear that dreams while hibernating leaves me with a warm, fuzzy feeling every time I read it.
Synopses & Reviews
Snug and warm, curled and furry, Old Bear sleeps.
Red, orange, and brown leaves fly through the air, and it is snowing hard. Old Bear doesn't notice.
Old Bear is dreaming about being a cub again. He is dreaming about the beauty of the world. He is dreaming of everything he loves about the forest that is his home.
Turn the page and you will see!
"In time for autumn, Henkes (Kitten's First Full Moon) masterfully tells of a hibernating bear who 'dreamed that spring had come and he was a cub again.' Henkes's surefooted art guides readers through time: a terracotta dust jacket and acorn-brown frontpapers inked with dark brown leaves set the season. The tawny bear, pictured in full-page or four-to-a-page images, curls in his den, his eyes closed and his paws relaxed. Full-bleed spreads depict his dreams, first of being small among enormous flowers ('He took a nap in a giant pink crocus'), then of wandering on lush green summer hillsides ('The sky clouded over, and it rained blueberries'). His hibernation vision of fall includes rust-colored birds and orange fish, and his imaginary winter is a cool blue expanse under stars 'of all colors.' When the bear's eyes open on a real spring day, he feels refreshed, if larger and older than his dream self. Lyrically describing the young-at-heart, Henkes plays an artist's game of hot and cold watercolor hues. Lilac endpapers crowded with flowers and butterflies and a back cover image of the bear in springtime balance the cover's imagery and gently and calmly acknowledge the annual cycle. Ages 2 — 7. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Kevin Henkes was awarded the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon. He is the creator of several picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Timesbestsellers Lilly's Big Dayand Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. A starred review from The Horn Bookcalled his picture book Old Bear"another winner for very young children," and Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Reviewpiece about A Good Day, one of the author's most recent picture books, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Mr. Henkes also writes for older children. His novels include Bird Lake Moon, the Newbery Honor Book Olive's Ocean, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon.
Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.
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