Not This Bear: A First Day of School Story

illus. by Lorna Hussey. 32p. Holt. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780805098969.
PreS—It's Bear's first day of school, and he is sure he'll be miserable away from Mama. While the other cubs enjoy painting, stories, and playing, he answers, "Not this bear" to every invitation to join in. Despite himself, Bear is increasingly intrigued. Fans of Capucilli's "Biscuit" series will find the same sweetness in this read-aloud offering. Hussey's watercolors portray the fuzzy little bears with endearing expressiveness and cozy charm. This is a book designed for a specific purpose, and it is not likely to have broad appeal outside its intended audience. However, it is beautifully designed and meets its goals very well.
VERDICT The purposeful story is a just-right blend of repetition and gentle humor to comfort reluctant new preschoolers.

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