This Bear's Birthday

illus. by Lorna Hussey. 32p. Holt. Jun. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781627797016.
PreS–Little Bear is celebrating his birthday. He's excited that he's getting bigger every day and can do things that he couldn't do before. Each spread shows what Little Bear can do by himself (such as get dressed by himself, mostly) and moments where he still needs his parents' help (picking apples while on his papa's shoulders). There are also some activities that even his parents can't do (for instance, put the leaves back on the trees). When Little Bear's friends arrive, there are songs to sing, a game of hide-and-seek, a puppet show, and a picnic lunch. This title is a celebration of growing independence. The watercolor artwork is soft and comforting like a warm hug. The cheerful, loving parents and the adorable Bear make reading this book a real pleasure.
VERDICT Sweet as a piece of birthday cake, this is a terrific addition to the picture book section of any library.

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