What's Up, Bear?: A Book About Opposites

illus. by Sean L. Moore. 32p. glossary. CIP. Owlkids. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-926973-41-8. LC 2011943508.
PreS-K—A father-daughter trip to New York City offers a lesson in opposites. The girl is taking along her teddy bear, who is not thrilled to be on this adventure. The airplane to the city goes up, then it comes down. Sophie enjoys the fast cab ride, Bear likes a slow one better. The Empire State Building is tall, Sophie and the Bear are short in comparison. The tourists see famous sights throughout the city and end up in a toy store. Sophie looks at many fancy bears while Dad holds her plain traveling companion. In all the excitement, Bear gets left behind at the store. When a young customer picks up Bear, he discovers a tag with Sophie's name and the hotel where they are staying, and the child and her beloved toy are reunited. The digitally produced cartoon characters have small bodies with large heads. This simple story is a good introduction to the concept.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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