Bear Can't Wait

Bear Can't Wait
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March 30, 2021
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Bear tries his best to be patient in this newest addition to the bestselling Bear Books series.

Patience might be a virtue but waiting is so hard! On a beautiful sunny afternoon, Bear can’t sit still because he’s got a surprise planned for his good friend Hare. He hustles and bustles and scuttles about. But when, in his excitement, he makes a mess of things, can he set it all right before Hare shows up?

With millions of Bear books sold—it’s hard to wait for the newest!

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relatable and charming picture book
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BEAR CAN'T WAIT is a cute story about excitement, patience, and friendship. Bear has been waiting so long for the planned surprise for Hare. Now that the day is here, he just can't wait. As his friends help prepare for the surprise party, Bear is rushing around. When he rushes too much in his excitement, he makes a big mess and ruins the cake. Luckily, they still have some time, and Bear uses his rush to help make a new cake for the party. When Hare arrives, Bear knows it was all worth it!

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.
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