Norton and the Bear

Norton and the Bear
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Berbay Publishing
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April 05, 2022
Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Or is it just annoying?

This irresistible read-aloud helps children deal with the sensitive topics of conformity, individuality and belonging in an accessible, kid-friendly way.

Whether you’re more like Norton or the bear, this story will show you that there’s room for all kinds of creative expression.

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fun story about imitation
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NORTON AND THE BEAR is a cute story about imitation and making new friends. Norton has his own style and loves standing out. He has found a sweater and loves wearing it, as no one has one quite like it. That is, until a bear comes and admires it before getting one exactly like it. Although he is irritated, Norton sees a scarf shop and decides to get one. Unique again, the bear sees and loves it too. As the bear gets the same scarf, Norton continually finds ways to dress up his outfit and make it new with the bear copying each move.

Eventually, Norton snaps at him. The bear listens and changes it up by adding a blue cape. However, Norton really likes it - and luckily, the bear has gotten one for him too. The book ends with Norton deciding that it is okay to dress alike - and noting that they are still different in other ways.

What I loved: This is a sweet story with a bit of silliness as Norton tries to maintain his individuality in the face of someone who admires and copies his style. As he comes up with ideas more and more outlandish (including a stick added to the ensemble), children will giggle along with the look.

This will be something that little ones can relate to, particularly if they have a younger sibling who loves to imitate them. The feeling of frustration is one that they can empathize with, and the ultimate resolution is a simple one - to accept that sometimes others will copy elements of their style and they can still be different in other ways.

The illustrations are really lovely and bring the emotions of the two main characters to life on each page. The content and length are great for elementary school aged readers as well as preschoolers.

Final verdict: NORTON AND THE BEAR is a cute picture book about imitation and making new friends. Recommend for young readers to share with caregivers.
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