Wednesday, February 24, 2021

"Bear Wants to Sing" - a bookwrap



Whose footprints are these?  Mmmmm.... why  it's Bears.  Join him now and hear his story.


Bear Wants to Sing

Authored by Cary Fagan

Illustrated by Dena Seiferling


* Ages:  3-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Length:  40 pages

* Publisher:  Tundra Books

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 14, 2021

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This is a sweet story about a bear who finds a ukulele in the forest and wants to share a song for his friends.  The poor guy keeps getting interrupted doing his solo as other animals discover more instruments and use them to sing their musical compositions first.  Their songs by Bear's standards are very, very good which leave him feeling intimidated and inadequate.  

Finally after everyone has performed their song it's his turn and he puts all his heart and soul into his singing.  The lyrics are very simple.  Very very simple. When Bear belts out the last note he asks his audience what they think.  

"Well," said the crow, "it certainly... why, it certainly gets to the point.

" And it's -- well, let me think," said the tortoise.  "it's easy to remember."

"Very easy," agreed the snake. 

The bear sighed heavily.

"You didn't like it." He puts down the instrument and lumbered off. 

Mouse, sensing the disappointment and sadness that Bear is feeling follows his friend and encourages him by saying that he likes the song. They enjoy each other's company together and then wrap up the tale sweetly.  It is an ending that will bring a smile to the reader's face I'm sure. 

The illustrations are beautifully done. They are soft and lovely. The message of not comparing yourself to others but  having pride in your own uniqueness is a wonderful one.  This book is a follow-up to the infamous "King Mouse".  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author

CARY FAGAN's numerous kids' books include The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster, the Kaspar Snit novels, the Wolfie & Fly chapter books, Mort Ziff Is Not Dead and the picture books King Mouse, What Are You Doing, Benny? and Little Blue Chair. He won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People for his body of work, and his books have received many other honors. Cary is also the author of six novels and three story collections for adults. He was born and raised in Toronto, where he continues to live with his family.

About the Illustrator

DENA SEIFERLING graduated with a BFA and Visual Communications Degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design and works as an instructor at ACAD while pursuing her illustration and needle-felted art, which has been displayed at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. Her previous books include King Mouse and Alice and Gert: An Ant and Grasshopper Story, written by Helaine Becker, and her upcoming books include her debut writing effort Bumblebee and Night Lunch, written by Eric Fan. Dena lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband and two children. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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