Bear is a Bear – written by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Dan Santat

Bear is a Bear – written by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Dan Santat, Balzer + Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins, 2021. 9780062880512 

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

Format:  Hardcover

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? The words are wonderful: Bear is a bear hopeful and shy.  Bear is a bear full of love” as the huge brown bear is introduced to the baby. The illustrations, done in watercolor, pencil, and Adobe Photoshop, place this book among the classics. The huge bear puts up with a lot: being used as a tissue (ugh!) and being chewed on (this picture is really too cute…).  But there is also dress-up, being a brave protector during storms, exploring and drawing.  As these activities continue, the baby is growing up.  She becomes a teenager and goes off to college and Bear?  Packed away as a memory. Until, of course, she returns to being a Bear of love once again.  A beautiful story that kids could certainly relate to as they outgrow their own softies.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? For Storytime or at home, this book could be shared with other books with a similar theme: Sarah’s Bear by Marta Koci, Nothing by Mick Inkpen and, of course, The Velveteen Rabbit by Williams.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, day-care centers and families of young children

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Editor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: October 25, 2021

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