Bear's New Friend
Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
Margaret K. McElderry, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n a hot summer day, Bear looks out from his den, '
itching to head out and play.
' He starts looking for friends, and hears a clatter in a tree. Who can it be? Bear keeps asking that question, but it takes a while to discover the answer.
ouse scurries up, so it's not him. '
They peek in the tree, / but nobody's there!
' Hare hops into the picture and joins the search, telling them that '
Something sped past, going fast, fast, fast!
' They find Badger, Gopher and Mole '
peering into a deep hole
', then Raven and Wren fly by to join the gang. When a frustrated Bear demands '
Why don't you like us? / WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY???
', a trembling voice answers, '
Because - I am shy.
' That's how Bear makes a new friend. Can you guess who it is?
arma Wilson tells a delightful tale of friendship and inclusion, while Jane Chapman's lovely illustrations bring the summer forest to warm, scented, colorful, rustling life around these engagingly expressive animals.
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