Wednesday, September 25, 2019

"Kind Mr. Bear" - a bookwrap



Created by Steve Smallman

* Ages:  3-5
* Grade Level:  PS-K
* Paperback: 24 pages
* Publisher:  QED Publishing 
* Pub. Date:  November 18, 2019
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Gorgeous Illustrations for You

Unwrapping the Story

I love Mr. Bear.  He is an extremely kind, elderly member of the forest community and he is always lending a helping paw to the other forest animals around him.  

"Mr. Bear was very kind.
When anyone met him walking in the woods, 
he would raise his hat, say "Good morning!"
smile his warm crinkly smile and then
do anything he could to help them." 

He carries heavy loads, lifts animals up to reach things that are too high, shelters them from the rain and tidies up after parties when everyone else is heading home.  He is a stellar pillar of his neighbourhood.  He is constantly assisting the others making their lives much easier and much happier.  

Then one day poor Mr. Bear gets ill and has to take to his bed. He has a runny nose, a headache, and he is very, very cold.  His fire has extiguished and he is too sick to fetch more wood to keep it going.  He finds himself all alone in his bed and it seems that none of the animals wonder where he is or come to check on him to see what's up.  Mr. Bear is the one now in need of help.  Will the other's  seek him out and come to his rescue?

Only the smallest mouse is worried and she quickly scampers off to Mr. Bear's cave and finds him "pale and ill and shivering with cold."

Can the tiny mouse rally the other creatures of the forest to come to Mr. Bear's aid?  After all he is always so friendly and kind to them when they need his help.  Will the community of seemingly ingrates have a change of heart and rally around him and show him kindness and gratitude for all the wonderful things that he has done for them as good neighbours should? 

This heartwarming book is about caring and sharing.  It's about manners, thankfulness and true friendship.  The illustrations are truly gorgeous!   This would be a perfect book to include in a classroom and in an elementary school library.  The wonderful message encourages kids to appreciate their friends, caretakers and the elders of their community.  It highlights the rule of reciprocity - the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit -teaching that you give as well as take, with a happy appreciative heart.  I love the book and I highly, highly recommend it! 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author/Illustrator

STEVE SMALLMAN has been illustrating children's books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he's not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening, and walking in the countryside.

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