A Story for Small BearFeatured
Autumn is ending and a chilly breeze is drifting in, which can mean only one thing-- it's time to hibernate over the long winter. But before Small Bear does, she'd like for Mama to tell her some stories. Mama agrees, with one condition: all the preparation must get done-- no dilly, no dally. So Small Bear tries to be good, venturing off to find sprigs for her winter bed, splishing and splashing in the stream, and climbing up, up, up into the tall forest trees in search of acorns. When she finally returns home, Small Bear snuggles down with Mama in their den. Did she make it back in time? "You did," Mama answers, and pulls her in close. And then Mama tells the most wonderful tale of a little bear--just like Small Bear--who, while enjoying the world around her, saved just enough time for stories.
What I loved: The illustrations in this book are really gorgeous with full page colors and muted tones that are perfect for bedtime. Small Bear diligently goes about her tasks while also reminding herself not to dilly or dally to save time for the things she really values - stories with her mother. This is a sweet book about parental bonding, bedtime, and staying focused. The refrain of "no dilly, no dally" is a fun way to suggest staying on track. With a lyrical tone that flows smoothly in the story, this is great for soft reading at bedtime to lead into sleep. The amount of text on each page is perfect, making sure the pages don't turn too quickly or too slowly.
Final verdict: A fantastic bedtime story, A STORY FOR SMALL BEAR conveys messages of love, focus, and making time for the things that matter. Highly recommend for Small Bears that need some help to stay focused and love to snuggle.