Picture Book Review: A Friend for Bear

A Friend for Bear by Steve Smallman
A Friend for Bear
by Steve Smallman, Caroline Pedler (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

Bear is so excited to wake up from hibernation, and run and jump and play in the sunshine! She befriends Tortoise, but has trouble slowing down to his pace. Bear cannot be still for a second, and drags Tortoise along as she runs through the forest, and rolls down a grassy hill, and jumps into the water to swim. Finally, Tortoise begs her to slow down and appreciate all the things she has been running past, too busy to notice the other animals who want to play. Together the friends learn to stop and smell the flowers.

I loved this adorable story! Bear is such a cute character, and Tortoise is very patient with her. You can really feel the joyful energy Bear has to be out in the beautiful Spring, playing in the sun.
The illustrations are lovely, with fuzzy lines and bright Spring colors. Bear’s vibrant energy is shown through the art work, as well as the calmer quiet of the Tortoise. I just love the cute expressions on their faces!

I like that this book has a positive message about slowing down a little to enjoy the little things in life, but it never feels preachy forced. It’s a fun and charming story through and through!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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