Three adorable bear cubs learn that even though they are very different, Mama and Papa love them all the same!
This humorous, rhyming story features three bear siblings who are very different: they don’t look the same or sound the same or eat the same. Brown Bear only wants honey; Polar Bear craves fish; and little Panda Bear snacks only on bamboo shoots. When playing hide-and-seek in the snow, Polar Bear always wins. And little Polar and Panda are always bored while Brown Bear is hibernating. How could they get along in a family when they are so, so different? With gentleness and love, Mama Bear and Papa Bear assure their cubs that even though they are different, they are loved the same, and God put them in the same family for a purpose.
I want a friend but whom will I choose? Take a trip around the world, meet children from lots of different places and peek into their lives. In this delightful story about friendship across nations and cultures, one small child visits nine different countries to find a friend — and ends up being friends with ALL the children he meets. Along the way he discovers how children live in other countries and the things they enjoy doing, learning both how their lives are different and how many of the things children enjoy throughout the world are the same. The countries featured are Brazil, China, Russia, Kenya, the Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Morocco, and the United States. The artwork and text are perfectly pitched for a very young audience, with charming, friendly illustrations and the humorous, gentle text for which this author and illustrator are renowned. The book brings the theme of cultural diversity to a younger readership in a fun and simple way while also showing that children are in many ways the same the world over.
This colorful children’s picture book it is well suited for anytime but especially nice for a quiet bedtime reading. When Little Bear asks Mother Bear where the stars have come from, she begins her answer with these lines:
“Deep in the forest where the wind never blows, In a far away cave where the sun never shines, Lives a man made of stars And the branches of pines.”
If you are especially alert, you will see a small surprise in the sky on the last page of this beautiful book.
Ginger Nielson is a full time children’s book author/illustrator who lives at the top of a hill near the edge of a forest in semi-rural New Hampshire.There is a magic wand on her desk, a dragon in her basement and a tiny elephant in her studio. Everything else is nearly normal.