Monday, February 11, 2013

Bear Despair and I Want My Hat Back

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
An important lesson I am sure you want to impart upon the children in your life that you care for is how to not get eaten by a bear. As respected news journalist Stephen Colbert has pointed out many a time, bears are the number one threat to national security. Luckily I have two books for you and your child that will help you avoid ending up the lunch of a hungry bear.
Bear Despair by Gaëtan Dorémus teaches us that a sure fire way to get yourself eaten by a bear, is to steal that bear's teddy bear. In this wordless story we watch, with horror, as a fox makes this mistake, purloining a stuffed animal from a slumbering bear. The bear retaliates. Unfortunately, Lion, Bird, and Elephant do not learn from Fox's mistake, and also end up in Bear's belly. What will become of them? You'll have to experience Bear Despair for yourself to find out! This book will especially delight fans of The Chicken Thief and other books in Enchanted Lion Books' "Stories Without Words" series. See this book listed in our catalog
Another helpful cautionary tale is I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. In this story a bear is looking for his hat. He asks his various fellow forest dwellers if any of them has seen it. Fox says, "No. I haven't seen your hat." Frog says, "I have not seen any hats around here." Turtle says, "I haven't seen anything all day." Rabbit, who is conspicuously wearing a hat says, "Why are you asking me. I haven't seen it. I haven't seen any hats anywhere. I would not steal a hat. Don't ask me any more questions." Hmm... Bear questions other animals until he realizes: He has seen his hat. As we've learned, it is a bad idea to steal from a bear, but it's also a bad idea to lie about it. What happens to Rabbit? If you're dying to know, check out I Want My Hat Back today. This book was a Blue Crab Award winner, and a Geisel Honor book, so it is especially great for kids who are learning to read! See this book listed in our catalog

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