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bought for grandchildren story fine, made it interesting and encouraged continuing interaction mother says children reacted strongly to images and made their copies -- interaction generally simple words aids reading. a few difficult words for a beginning reader.
A wonderful message for my 3-year-old, almost 4, grandson, and the illustrations are wonderful. Friends traveling together, parting, and then happily reuniting when the season changes is such a powerful message in these times. The fact that the illustrations so remind my grandson of Those Darn Squirrels and Dragons Love Tacos (both series are favorites) is just added value. I am so pleased to see this author/illustrator striking out on his own. I will keep a close watch for more.
I wanted to love this book. It has great illustrations, but the story does not capture the imagination of our child. We got to the end and he said "wait, that's it?" This one likely won't be coming off the shelf very much, so we will probably donate it. The story arc is as follows: wolf and bear randomly meet in the winter and go for a walk, they return to their families, they randomly meet again in the spring, the end. This story also feels somewhat of a ripoff of "Letters from Bear (2012)" which has much better illustrations.
The story is nice and the pictures were very well done. However I gave it 4 out of 5 because I read a description that said it was about loss of a friend. However it is not. They find each other again.
I honestly didn't think this book would appeal to my 3 year old. He's a fast-paced, perpetual-motion machine. But there is something just so calming and engaging about this simple story. I love how tangible the imagery is. It really teaches children to stop and appreciate their surroundings for what they are.
Head's up, though. My husband for some reason thought this was a board book. If you're at all confused, it's not! It's hard cover and paper pages, meaning that it runs the risk of some ripping with toddler use.
Pro Tip - My toddler now loves to play "Wolf and Bear." We each pick a character and recite their part of the story. So sweet!
Our children just love Dragons Love Tacos, so we started looking for any other books by Dan or Adam (the author/illustrator of Dragons Love Tacos).
Bear and Wolf has quickly become popular in our house, and our 4 year old in particular loves the illustrations of looking at the fish in the pond. As a parent, I also like the these of friendship that run through the story.
Happy to add another great book to our collection.