Bear Hugs: Romantically Ridiculous Animal Rhymes
Karma Wilson & Suzanne Watts
Margaret K. McElderry, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
whimsical, poetical picture book is perfect reading for Valentine's Day (it even includes a
greeting card and envelope to match the occasion). Karma Wilson's zany verses are witty and amusing, while Suzanne Watts gives us delightful portraits of affectionate animal antics, that induce smiles.
' to '
Some Bunny Special
Seal with a Kiss
' and '
' (my overall favorite), we get to see all kinds of caring critters - mostly in pairs, though the feline in '
The Cat's Meow
' is clearly narcissistic. Kids will have fun with '
' and '
', and will laugh to see how greed takes over at the romantic porcine '
hey'll enjoy narrating the monkey's Valentine: '
Eee... Eee... Eee... / Ooo... Ooo... Ooo... / It's true, it's true. / I'm ape for you!
' They'll feel for the poor fellow who makes a '
', and be happy for the '
' who finally meets her match - '
To him that dear girls felt as soft as a pillow. / The prince of her dreams was a young armadillo.
his loveable picture book ends with a Valentine to the reader, beginning '
It's plain as can be, so easy to see, / that animals love just like you and like me.
' Enjoy chuckling over these critter verses with a child, and don't forget to finish with some big
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