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Bear at Work


One of the Bear series of children’s board books published by Barefoot Books, “Bear at Work”, tells a whimsical tale of a day in the life of a postal worker bear living in a small town. Embodied with Debbie Harter’s vibrantly rich illustration style as well as Stella Blackstone’s playful use of rhyme, this inviting little book easily captivates the attention of young readers.

How’s the Story?

Geared towards a preschool audience, the author and illustrator make wonderful use of language and art to provide an engagingly accessible book. I suspect young children can easily find themselves exploring “Bear at Work” independently after reading it a few times along with their parents. Each page contains art work depicting scenes from the town as the postal worker bear makes his rounds throughout the day. I was impressed by the clever use of images to educate young readers in subtle lessons about geometry as well as social skills. There’s a particularly poignant image of the postal bear bringing a gift to a young hospitalized bear. It’s not blatantly portrayed yet certainly can lead to a discussion between a parent and child about illness as well as acts of benevolence.

Overall Rating: B+

Pros: Vivid art work. Playful writing. Easily accessible to preschool children. Also makes use of memory skills as well as introducing the concept of job vocations.

Cons: All the scenes and characters in the story seem almost too happy. It’s a town without any strife.

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Bear at Work

Full Disclosure: I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for this review.

  • Uncle Ant

    Thanks for the insights on “Bear at Work.” I’ll check it out in the store later today.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for reading the review Uncle Ant. Hope your trip to the book store proves fruitful.

  • Oh, how I wish you had been around 30 years ago when mine was young. This is awesome way to educated and know what you want to put in your children’s library.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for the positive feedback Michele. In an age where technology’s so pervasive, the joy of reading can get lost in the shuffle for kids. Every opportunity to read with one’s kids should be embraced.

  • Very cool Cutemonster. I’ll have to check this out as well. All the best!!!

    Clay

    http://www.tantrumstroublesandtreasures.blogspot.com

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for leaving a comment Clay. It’s a fun book. Do check it out if you get the opportunity.

  • Shoebuf

    Sounds like a cute book. Love the ‘Right Angle News’ corner store. Reading “Bear at Work” is another good suggestion to add to your list of fun things to do when the weather outside is frightful….

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the comment Shoebuf. There are many clever visual uses throughout the book. The “right angle news” corners store is my favorite as well.

      Introducing new fun books would certainly be a welcome addition to the list of Active Indoor Activities for Kids in Winter.