The Three Bear Books for Children

Maybe because it's raining today but then I heard it was supposed to rain all weekend... that's got to be the reason why I present these three bear books to you! It all started with my saying "yes" to my grandson's first sleepover. Gathered around a warm fire, we began reading about bear adventures.

1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
 Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle illustrator

On each page, we meet a new animal who nudges us onward to discover which creature will show up next: "Blue Horse, Blue Horse, What do you see? I see a green frog looking at me." This pattern is repeated over and over, until the pre-reader can chime in with the reader, easily predicting the next rhyme.
This book is just right for the child who is just beginning to discover the larger world.  My grandson is almost two and he loves pointing to the objects that he sees while listening to the rhythm of the words.
Author Bill Martin speaks directly to children and Eric Carle's  illustrations are splashy and colorful.

5 stars! I love this book!

 The Horn Book Guide: "The contemporary classic, beloved of preschoolers and beginning readers alike."
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear

2. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR

Don and Audrey Wood and Don Wood illustrator
The soft and hard cover versions, published in 1984, have been extensively reviewed, and have sold over 1,000,000 copies. -- From the publisher 

Simple text with beautiful illustrations. A giant lap book in which the reader plays the key role. The task is to save a strawberry from the big hungry bear. The mouse has cute facial expressions and this great book has a wonderful lesson for children on sharing. ***** Great interactive book for children!

The Most Precious Thing
3. The Most Precious Thing
Gill Lewis and Louise Ho illustrator

While walking in the woods one autumn morning, Little Bear and her mother find many treasures. The small cub discovers a glittering stone, a wild rose, a blue butterfly, and a feather caught in a spider's web. She declares each item to be the most precious thing in the whole wide world, but each time, her mother insists that a more precious article remains to be found. Of course, that special object turns out to be Little Bear herself. The plot is not a new one and the ending is predictable, but getting there is fun, and toddlers will enjoy pointing out the precious things on each page.
Mommy and little bear will touch your heart as they go on a journey together through the forest. Their loving relationship is seen through the warmth of pastel watercolors  on each page. I love this book so much so that I can smell the scents of the forest, bask in the sunlit meadow, see the beautiful butterflies and taste those yummy berries. The most precious thing to me? My Grandsons! ***** My favorite!
Dear readers, fill in the blank... the most precious thing is __?

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