From day one… [page turn]
things have gone downhill.
I’ve been a pillow…[page turn]
and lunch for a prehistoric beast.
Poor Louis. Can’t a bear get a little respect around here? I’m tempted to show you the three spreads associated with the above text, but I don’t want to spoil your fun. I will, however, show you one close-up where he’s even “hung out to dry.”
That face could sink a thousand ships!
Louis has no choice but to plot his escape. And it looks like nothing will change his mind….until.
This spare, but funny, text by Tom Lichtenheld is wonderfully illustrated by Julie Rowan-Zoch, providing much of the emotion and the dark night of the soul, literally, before a sweet and satisfying resolution. It’s truly a 50-50 split of storytelling between the words and pictures. Guaranteed to be read over and over and over, like all those picture books that are truly beloved.
Make an origami bear
Make sprinkle cupcakes and have a cupcake party with your teddy bear
Write your teddy bears a note telling them how much you love them and why you appreciate them (and maybe apologize for anything bad you’ve ever done to them) so they don’t try to run away in the middle of the night.
Author: Tom Lichtenheld
Illustrator: Julie Rowan-Zoch
Publisher: HMH 2020
Ages: Pre-K – 2nd grade
Themes: teddy bears, love, taking the good with the bad
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