Bear Likes Jam – Ciara Gavin

  Bear Likes Jam – Ciara Gavin, Alfred A. Knopf, (9780399551796), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  In this third outing, Bear who is part of the Duck family, becomes overly enamored of jam and refuses to eat anything else.  After receiving a sample of jam at the grocery store, Bear is hooked.  Bear refuses to share it with the ducks, gets up in the night to sneakily eat jam and refuses to eat anything else. Mama Duck is worried about Bear’s health and tells him “no more jam until Bear ate his vegetables.”  After Bear goes to bed hungry, Girl Duck and Boy Duck cleverly devise games to get Bear to eat his veggies.  Now that Bear eats his vegetables, he can have jam for a special treat.  The sweet pastel toned watercolor illustrations are full of expression and detail.  This is one for children with a sweet tooth or an aversion to vegetables.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No, although those not familiar with the previous titles in the series may wonder why Bear is living with a family of ducks.  

To whom would you recommend this book?  Share this with picky eater and those too fond of sweets.  A nice choice to pair with Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  3/19/17             

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