Reader Reviewed A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor
  

A Brave Bear

Written by Sean Taylor
Illustrated by Emily Hughes

5+ readers   Father's Day   3+ readers   Picture Book Party   

RRP £6.99

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April 2016 Book of the Month The characters may be bears, but the parent/child relationship depicted in this lovely picture book will be familiar to all readers. It’s hot so a little bear suggests to his dad that they should go to the river to cool down and dad agrees. Little Bear is determined to lead the way and show his dad just how brave and clever he is but, as all parents know, this kind of excitement leads to accidents. Sure enough, Little Bear slips but with Dad’s help they reach the river in the end and have a lovely time. The text perfectly catches some of those special interactions between parent and child, and illustrator Emily Hughes makes the bears particularly endearing. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Willem Spires, age 6 - 'This book was simply charming and made us giggle.'
  • Sam Briggs, age 6 - 'I really liked this book and thought the pictures were really good and colourful. There is nothing to dislike and I will read it again and again.'
  • Verity Langley - 'The story is beautifully illustrated with hand drawn pictures and was very appealing to my 19 month old although it would equally suit older children...I really loved it and the daddy bear is so wonderfully caring. A very nurturing book.'
  • Jamie, age 5 and mum Kate Simmons - 'A happy little story about parent/child bonding (and a little mischief of course).'

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Synopsis

A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor

From the author of Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise and the illustrator of Wild, comes a story of a daddy and a baby bear, on a day that's as hot as hot can be.

When Dad Bear says, I think a pair of hot bears is probably the hottest thing in the world, Little Bear suggests that they go all the way to the river to cool down. But what will happen when Little Bear tries to impress his dad by doing a big jump across the rocks?

Told from the perspective of Little Bear and capturing his determination to be big and brave just like his dad, the youngest of readers will rejoice in the gorgeous characterization, the warmth of the storytelling and the deliciously detailed artwork of illustration star, Emily Hughes.

Reviews

A daddy and baby bear spend a very special day together in this gentle, joyful story about children and parents. Hughes

A truly felicitous author/illustrator partnership if ever there was one and a picture book to be read over and over and... Red Reading Hub

Ideal for pre-schoolers and perfect for reading together, this book is sure to become a family favourite. Inis Magazine

A book for families, for dads and for illustration fans, this is in the same territory as the phenomenally successful Guess How Much I Love You, but with a subtler sentimentality that might appeal to a new generation of parents. BookTrust

A touching observation of a bear and his cub as they take a trip to the river to cool down on a hot day. Stunning illustrations bring this delightful tale to life. Baby Surrey

This lovely book captures the languid mood of a hot day along with the easy rhythms of a sweet father-child connection. [...] There's a reassuring air to Taylor's story, conveying the message that the days that turn out the best still can feature nasty falls and uncomfortable weather. With her small, dense pencil strokes, Hughes gives her bears utterly peaceable expressions and long, soft-looking fur that may cause readers to fondly recall the work of Paul Galdone. The two bears seem to glide through an enchanting landscape of dark greens and browns sprinkled with rocks and exotic flowers, as the bright orange sun makes its way to a gorgeous final sunset image of father and child looking lovingly at each other as they walk home. The New York Times

Emanating a wonderful sense of security, comfort and the closeness of family this is a charming story for Fathers Day. The illustrations really capture their bond as well as the hot sunny day. South Wales Evening Post

Emily Hughes pictures bring a luxurious, exotic palette to the landscape [...] her depiction of the father and son relationship brilliantly matches Sean Taylor's delightful story told from the little bear's point of view. He's an advocate for reading to children and has ten top tips why we should. This is a great book for shared reading on a one to one basis or with a group. The School Librarian

Emily Hughes pictures bring a luxurious, exotic palette to the landscape [...] her depiction of the father and son relationship brilliantly matches Sean Taylor's delightful story told from the little bear's point of view. [...] This is a great book for shared reading on a one to one basis or with a group. SLA



About the Author

Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor has written more than 40 books for young readers. These include the Purple Class series of comic adventures set in an urban primary school, a collection of folktales from the Amazon called The Great Snake, a novel for teenagers called A Waste of Good Paper, and picture books such as The World Champion of Staying Awake, illustrated by Jimmy Liao and Boing!, illustrated by Bruce Ingman. He lives in Bristol with his wife and two sons. Visit Sean at www.seantaylorstories.com

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 3

Author

Sean Taylor
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Author's Website

www.seantaylorstories.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th May 2017

ISBN

9781406373172

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