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Baby Bear's Big Dreams    by Jane Yolen & Melissa Sweet order for
Baby Bear's Big Dreams
by Jane Yolen
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

Jane Yolen is rapidly becoming one of my favorite children's authors (she is also the author of the How Does a Dinosaur series). Her books have simple and straightforward messages, and they are appealing to both adults and children.

We first met Baby Bear in Baby Bear's Chairs. Intended for preschoolers, this charming picture book sweetly conveys a baby bear's desire to grow up, but with the recognition that his parents will always take care of him, even when he is a big bear. As usual, Yolen's soothing rhythmic sentences are strung together effortlessly:

'When I grow up in a year or three, I'll build a house in a honey tree.
And when it's time for me to eat, I'll pick some berries at my feet.
My friends will come around for tea and honey cakes up in my tree.
They'll stay and play a week or two, for that's what big bears always do.

Melissa Sweet's illustrations are a lovely accompaniment to an endearing book. I know that Baby Bear's Big Dreams will soon become a household favorite.

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