Thursday, December 26, 2019

"My Big Bear, My Little Bear and Me" - a bookwrap

Getting ready for a date with Big Bear and Little Bear... a little girl is lucky to have two important bears in her life.  This is her story...   


* Ages:  3-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover:  36 pages
* Publisher:  NubeOcho
* Series:  Somos Ocho
* Translated by Ben Dawlatly
* Pub. Date:  Oct. 22, 2019
* Language:  English


"This picture book emphasizes emotional intelligence touching on topics of appreciation, trust, wonder, and happiness. The Spanish edition is a faithful translation of the English version.VERDICT A simple picture book with a surprising ending that will charm readers. Perfect for toddler or preschool storytimes."-- School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

"In this story available in both English and Spanish, a little girl enjoys a snowy day outside, one hand clutching her small teddy tightly, the other lifted up to reach her big bear’s mittened paw, as she contemplates the love she has for both. Audiences will follow her footprints in the snow alongside Big Bear’s much larger ones, appreciate her sunny outlook, and hopefully recognize the osos grandes and the osos pequeños in their own lives."-- Foreword Reviews STARRED REVIEW

Unwrapping the Sweetest Illustrations Ever

The Book

"If you have a big bear and a little bear, you'll never lose your way."  A lucky little girl has both and she takes them everywhere with her.  She gets ready to spend a lovely adventurous time outdoors in the winter with both her special bear friends. 

One is big and strong as a giant and let's her see the world from up high.  The little one is soft like cotton and brings her close to the tiny things in life.  The big one is her beloved protector and keeps her from harm.  The interesting thing about his character is that his face remains veiled throughout which adds a lovely mysterious element to the story.  The author explains why each bear has an important role in the little girl's life throughout the day:  one snuggles her in his coat to shield her from the cold and the other helps her make new friends referring to a playful fox and some tiny little birds who perch on top of her touque.  How fun is that? 

The illustrations are lovely and the little girl's character is sweet and adorable.  Kids and adults will enjoy this tender story and the element of surprise it contains when they find out exactly who big bear really is.  I love the story and highly recommend it.   

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

Meet the Author

A writer and storyteller who is greatly admired in Spain, Margarita del Mazo has almost twenty books to her name, many of which have been translated into other languages. Among them are the bestsellers Camunas and The Flock (El rebano), which won the Madrid Booksellers Guild Award and the Miami Cuatrogatos Foundation Award for best illustrated children's book. 

Introducing the Talented Illustrator

A renowned illustrator in Spain, Rocio Bonilla's books have been published in English, French, German, Belgian, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. Many of her books are bestsellers in Spain and some of them have been published in Italy such as: What Colour is a Kiss?, The Tallest Mountain of Books in the World, and Max and the Superheroes.

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