A Picture Book Recommendation for World Read Aloud Day

Happy World Read Aloud Day! I’ve got a suggestion for a cozy one-on-one story time:

The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud. Chronicle, 2013.

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It’s winter, and Papa Bear snores in his den, while “too caught up in honey thoughts to hear winter’s whisper,” Little Bear has other plans.

Originally published in France as Une chanson d’ours (helium editions, 2011), The Bear’s Song provides an excellent example of the important relationship between picture book art and text. With song-like lyricism, the simple verbal narrative allows the artwork to carry the story. The ensuing seek-and-find adventure–similar to the Waldo books, but with more attractive illustrations–is one of humor and heart. Young readers/viewers will wish they could climb into the book to follow Papa Bear as he pursues the honey bee-chasing Little Bear through the forest, along the streets of Paris, and into the posh opera house.

With richly detailed art and a tall, vertical trim size, The Bear’s Song is a wonderful lap-sit book, perfect for that pre-afternoon nap story time.

I recommend The Bear’s Song for ages 2-6. Happy reading!

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