Big Bear’s forest friends eye his berries hungrily, but he doesn’t notice as he digs into his delicious snack. When the old oak tree says, “Share, Big Bear, share,” he thinks the tree has said, “Hair, Big Bear, hair!” One comical scene follows another as Big Bear keeps misunderstanding the old oak tree’s message until things finally get sorted out. Whimsical illustrations highlight the humor in this gentle story about the importance of sharing something special with friends.
Reading level: Ages 3-7
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Two Lions (April 25, 2017)
School Library Journal:
Wright and Hillenbrand continue a winning recipe with their latest book. This time Big Bear has collected a giant pail of blueberries and plans to eat them all himself. His friends spy the delicious-looking stash and wish they could have some, too. Enter the old oak tree, who reminds the protagonist, “Share, Big Bear, share!” Of course, Big Bear isn’t paying attention and mishears the oak tree’s entreaties. Sublime silliness ensues until Big Bear finally hears properly, gets the message, and shares with his friends. VERDICT Rhyming text and charming colorful illustrations make this an easy go-to for a read-aloud and lessons on sharing. A sure bet for any library.–Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY
Share, Big Bear, Share! is available in hardcover, paperback and E-book.
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