What I loved: This is an absolutely charming picture book with a story young children can relate to. Excitement and impatience are a common feeling, and though they might get in Bear's way, he manages to still prepare and make sure that things come together for Hare's birthday party. Bear's friends are also supportive and helping each other out, which is always great to see. Combined with the joy that comes from making a friend happy, this is a great story of friendship.
The text is told in rhyme with repetition of the phrase that "the bear can't wait." This kind of repetition is great for young readers, and the rhymes make this one a great choice for reading aloud and pleasing to listen to. The text is printed in a large and clear font that is great for storytime.
The illustrations are absolutely lovely with so many great details, fun animals, and bright colors. This is a beautiful book to look at, and I loved the way the story was told through both text and images.
Final verdict: With rhyming text, delightful illustrations, and a story that young readers can relate to, BEAR CAN'T WAIT is a charming picture book about friendship, patience, and excitement. Recommend for picture book readers of all ages, from toddlers through elementary school aged children.