Tuesday, December 10, 2019

"Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies" - a bookwrap


Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies 

Authored by Carmen Oliver
Illustrated by Jean Claude

* Ages:  5-7
* Grade Level:  K-2
* Series:  Bears Make the Best...
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Capstone Editions
* Pub. Date:  January 1, 2020
* Language: English

Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations for You to Enjoy

Unwrapping the Story

Adelaide is a prolific writer.  She sees one day that her classmate Theo is struggling with writing a story.  She immediately kicks into action.  She goes to retrieve her friend Bear who is relaxing in a quiet corner reading and says, 

"Come on," she coaxed.  "There's someone who needs our help." 

Adelaide and Bear work together to help bring Theo success in his writing endeavours and also help to the entire class.  She knows from experience that Bears makes the best writing buddies and goes on to tell why throughout the story.  

Bear will encourage you to face your fears and write the story that belongs only to you, one written in your own voice.  If you happen to get writer's block Bear takes you fishing and foraging for new ideas to help you create your story.  Just stepping away, or standing up and giving a stretch, helps you regroup your thoughts thus making new exciting ones to start buzzing in your head.  Bear shares some technicalities of writing and when they are implemented into your story he becomes a high-fiving, roaring cheerleader, always encouraging and giving positive feedback.  

The illustrations are wonderful:  colourful, expressive and very kid-friendly.  This is the third picture book in Carmen Oliver's "Bears Make the Best" series.  This would be an excellent resource to teach reluctant writers to become successful writers at the elementary school level.  I highly recommend this book. 

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

Meet the Author 

Carmen Oliver founded the Booking Biz, an agency devoted to bringing award-winning children’s authors and illustrators to schools, libraries, and special events. She blogs regularly for ReaderKidz, a website that provides teachers, librarians, and parents with the resources and inspiration to foster a love of reading in kids, K-5, and judges children’s writing contents for the Texas Book Festival and Austin Family magazine. Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies is her debut picture book. Carmen grew up in Canada and now lives in Texas with her family.

About the Illustrator

Jean Claude is a self-taught illustrator from the UK, currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He lives with his partner and child, and their (slightly) overweight cat. When he's not drawing he loves making ceramics in a local studio, visiting the botanical gardens and baking bread. 

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