Middle Bear (Hardcover)
Kids Can Press, 9781771388429, 34pp.
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Author Susanna Isern's lovely, melodic picture book tale --- with a delightful use of repetition throughout --- offers an upbeat and positive message to middle children everywhere. It's a subject that is not often addressed in this format. With its hero's quest theme, the story has the feel of a modern-day fairy tale. Manon Gauthier's spare artwork and understated palette perfectly capture the poignancy of the bear cub's emotional journey. Though the book focuses on the role of middle children, it really celebrates every child's efforts toward self-discovery, as they seek out their own special place in the world. It also offers a wonderful opportunity to highlight the character education subject of perseverance or a lesson on empathy.
About the Author
Manon Gauthier has been nominated for two Governor General's Awards and has illustrated dozens of books for both Canadian and European publishers. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Praise For Middle Bear…
A solid tale about birth order and finding one's own strengths rather than worrying about measuring up when compared with others.—School Library Journal