The Bear's Song
By Benjamin Chaud
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9781452114248, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
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New York Times Notable Children's Book
"Sweet" has new meaning in this richly illustrated, immersive picture book about two bears on a big-city adventure. Papa Bear is searching for Little Bear, who has escaped the den. Little Bear is following a bee, because where there are bees, there is honey! When the quest leads both bears into the bustling city and a humming opera house, theatrical hijinks ensue, culminating in a deliciously harmonious reunion. Children and parents alike will savor Benjamin Chaud's lush illustrations, and relish in the book's bonus seek-and-find elements.
Benjamin Chaud is a well-known French author and illustrator whose work includes picture books and a CD for children. He lives in the Southeast of France.
"A bedtime book for kids that I don't mind reading over and over."--Cool Mom Picks
Notable Children's Books of 2013
New York Times Notable Book of 2013
Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of the Year
Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2013
"You could spend hours poring over the intricate illustrations."--Real Simple
"With its rich colors, heavy paper, and cosmopolitan locale, this is more than a seek-and-find book, and the story has a very sweet ending."--School Library Journal
"This is a book not to be missed. Encore!"--Booklist, starred review
"This extraordinary picture book. is as happy a surprise as finding a honey-filled hive at the end of a fur-raising journey."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Perfect for storytime."--Library Media Connection
"Funny, busy scenes are full of delectable detail... deliciously sweet."--The New York Times
"Endless sweet delights."--Redbook
"Bursts with joie de vivre."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Beautifully illustrated, perfectly paced, and delightfully unexpected - readers will be rapt. Don't miss this."-- Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes, a School Library Journal Blog
"A story to read over and over again."--Common Sense Media, five-star review