My Big Bear, My Little Bear and Me

NubeOcho. Nov. 2019. 36p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9788417123505.
PreS–A young child has two bears: an inseparable little (stuffed) bear and a big bear that takes care of her. One snowy day, the three of them set foot outside their cozy home and into the snowy woods. The big bear shows the girl how fish come out of the icy ground, and the little bear helps her make new friends. Del Mazo’s oversized picture book will appeal to preschoolers. The simple plot and text structure is ideal for young children’s attention span. Bonilla’s illustrations depict the snowy winter background surrounded by shades of aquamarine and light brown colors; the girl is colorfully dressed with a red coat that adds symmetry with a red fox, a ladybug, and a barberry bush. This picture book emphasizes emotional intelligence touching on topics of appreciation, trust, wonder, and happiness. The Spanish edition is a faithful translation of the English version.
VERDICT A simple picture book with a surprising ending that will charm readers. Perfect for toddler or preschool storytimes.

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