Little Bear and His Chair
by Claressa Swensen
Illustrated by Alena Paklina
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book
from the author in exchange for my honest review.
The opinions expressed within are entirely my own
and were in no way influenced by the gifting
of this book.
I have raved about Claressa’s books before and this book is no different. I love how each of her books has some sort of core lesson or moral in it, but it is so easily disguised. The little ones have no idea they’re learning life lessons. All they see is an adorable little bear and his friends.
The first thing Mister Chu said when we read Little Bear was “that bear is being naughty. He didn’t let the lion sit down.”
So this, of course, led into a mini discussion about why we share our toys and our things. “Because it’s nice.” Again, his words. And did that ever get his sister going. We then talked about the little lion in the book. We talked about the signs that Little Bear put up and how the lion was naughty because he didn’t ask Little Bear’s permission. Yet another core moral for the little ones – always ask before you use something that doesn’t belong to you.
I came across a review by another book blogger who argued that this book advocates bullying. The author of the review talks about Little Bear being shunned and the mob-mentality that the lion incites among their friends. While I will defend a reviewer’s right to their own opinions, in MY OWN OPINION, this was a bit harsh. I didn’t see Little Bear being humiliated or bullied by his friends. I heard my mom’s voice in my head telling my sisters and I that if we couldn’t be nice to people, no one was going to want to be around us. Fair point.
In no way do I feel that this book advocates bullying.
I believe it promotes exactly the opposite – sharing and treating each other with respect and kindness.
Needless to say, this book is great for all ages. My two-year-old walked away with nearly as much from this book as her four-year-old brother. It’s all in the delivery.
When Claressa asked me to review her book, I thought it would be fun to see what Little Bear means to her.
Little Bear is my baby. He’s spunky, energetic and stubborn. He has a big heart. I see a little of him in myself. And I definitely see a little of him in my own daughter. At the end of the day, Little Bear has good morals and can teach us all a little something about sharing.
Okay, my wonderful booknerds, this is where I need your help. Little Bear is re-launching on KickStarter May 1st. KickStarter, if you don’t already know, is a site that fundraises. It’s also an ALL OR NOTHING deal. If you can support this book, that’s fantastic. It can be done with as little as a dollar. If you can’t, that’s okay. But what about friends or family? Do you know someone who would love this book? If you are unable to support, perhaps you could help by spreading the word? Share Little Bear on social media? Every little bit helps. I will be supporting simply because I can’t wait to get this adorable book into Mister Chu & Lady Quinn’s hands.
AND, as a little bonus, when Little Bear is published the Ginger Mom will be hosting a GIVEAWAY! We will be giving away TWO copies of this adorable book – ONE e-book and ONE hardcover.
Okay, end shameless plug 🙂 Don’t forget to check out Little Bear on Facebook before you go.