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PreS-Gr 2–The dramatic cover, featuring a large hand-lettered title and a close-up of an alarmed-looking bear, sets the stage for a spirited adventure. Venturing out of his cave, a curious bear climbs out on a tree that breaks off and falls into a river. Starting what becomes a natural "log flume" ride, Bear initially moves slowly, picking up Froggy and the Turtles, then a string of various animals. Each creature gains specific knowledge through the quest. Bear doesn't know he was on an adventure until he finds Froggy. Froggy doesn't realize she has friends, until the Turtles join them, etc. Watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations are well-designed to expand the text, using each animal's expressions and body language to convey their individual roles. Front and back end pages both act as maps of the river, but also provide an introduction and an epilogue to the tale. A dramatic spread, positioned from the animals' point of view, shows them on the edge of a precipice about to take the plunge. A page turn shifts to a facing view and all the creatures' wide-eyed expressions. One more turn pulls the focus out to long range, showcasing the river, the drop, and the animals perched precariously. As they fall, however, their expressions are mostly cheerful, then exuberant, ending with "Oh, what a ride!" VERDICT Full of messages about seizing the day and learning from one another, this jaunty tale and its large-scale, immersive pictures expansively invite readers to come along, too.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Praise for Bear Came Along
*"Perfect for listeners in story hours or on laps."―Booklist, starred review
*"Outstanding art perfectly complements the text...To quote one particularly joyous double-page spread, "Oh, what a ride!""―Kirkus, starred review
"...a standout choice for reading aloud."―Publishers Weekly
"Full of messages about seizing the day and learning from one another, this jaunty tale and its large-scale, immersive pictures expansively invite readers to come along, too."―School Library Journal
"This high-spirited tale is a metaphor for life itself, and "Oh, what a ride" it is!"―Horn Book
"This hilarious mishmash of cuddly sheep and fairy-tale characters will have your little one giggling all the way to sleep."―B&N Kids Blog
"This is an exciting read aloud, and little listeners will not be disappointed as the story resolves--eventually--with sleep."―BookPage
* "Cheeky characters, onomatopoeia, and plenty of goofy action will keep the pages turning and force rereads."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"It's practically guaranteed that readers will go giggling into that good night."―Publishers Weekly
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 4, 2019)
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.6 x 12.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Richard T. Morris is the author of Sheep 101, This Is a Moose and Bye-Bye, Baby! and a former E.B. White Award Honoree and Midwest Bookseller Choice Award winner. He lives in New Jersey with his family.
New York Times bestselling illustrator and Caldecott Honor winner LeUyen Pham has created over ninety books for children, including Sheep 101, The Princess in Black series with Shannon and Dean Hale, Freckleface Strawberry with Julianne Moore, and her own The Bear Who Wasn't There.