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    Beautiful wintery illustrations are the perfect background for Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010:. Old Bear and Little Cub love each other with all of their hearts, and their day together revolves around Old Bear ensuring that Little Cub does things that will keep him safe and healthy, like eating his porridge and staying off the rocks. Children will relate to Little Cubs attempts at independence, while parents will appreciate that Little Cub accepts Old Bears authority simply because Old Bear loves him so. The tables are turned when Old Bear catches a cold and it's Little Cub who knows what's best--blackberry tea and books read aloud all through the night. Simple and charming, Old Bear and His Cub is a heart-warming reminder of the joys of caring for one another. --Old Bear and His Cub Seira Wilson A Look Inside Old Bear and His Cub (Click on Images to Enlarge) *Starred Review* Though they love each other dearly, Old Bear and Little Cub do not always see eye to eye. When a battle of wills ensues over the question of whether Little Cub will eat all his porridge, Old Bear stared hard at Little Cub. Little Cub ate his porridge. All of it. Similar sequences occur when Old Bear tells his son to tie a scarf around his neck, to be careful atop a craggy rock, and to take a nap. Later, though, when Old Bear catches cold and needs some care, its Little Cub who gives the orders and his father who caves in repeatedly under that Paddington-esque hard stare. With its simple sentences and repeated phrases, the text is effective from the start, but it takes on a different, more pleasing emotional resonance for children when the bears roles are reversed and Little Cub takes charge. Significantly larger in format than Dunreas Gossie and Friends series, the book effectively uses white space around the large-print text and within the beguiling pencil-and-gouache illustrations. The bears and their surroundings are depicted with simplicity, sensitivity, and restraint. A beautifully crafted story for beginning readers, this warm, gently amusing picture book is also perfect for reading aloud to pint-size contrarians. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan

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