PPBF: A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:

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Title: A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

Author: Michelle Robinson

Illustrator: David Roberts

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2016

Suitable for ages: 3-6

Theme/Topic:  Bears, Survival Tips, Humor

Opening Spread: Going for a walk in BEAR Country? You’d better make sure you know your bears.

Brief Synopsis: (from Amazon)

Do you dream of seeing some real, live bears? Then this essential guide to bear spotting, filled with offbeat humor and quirky illustrations, is for you!

In this perfect read-aloud, sure to delight kids and parents alike, a young aspiring bear spotter ventures into bear country . . . But coming face-to-face with the furry creatures themselves, whether black or brown, can be dangerous, and our protagonist–accompanied by a trusty teddy bear–might need to use some unconventional means to stay out of trouble and avoid being (gulp!) eaten.

Resources: The National Park Service has tons of information available on bears. Stuffed bears could also be used to act out scenes from the book.

Why I Like This Book: This books is funny from the first page! While the child is ready for an outdoor adventure, the narrator keeps warning the child about bears. As a person, who always hopes to avoid bears, I laughed out loud while reading this book. Michelle Robinson’s pacing is excellent and the second the narrator says “Don’t worry. Chances are you won’t even SEE a bear.” You KNOW when you turn the pages things will get more interesting. This book has been one of my favorites from 2016.

For more PPBF books, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog.

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One thought on “PPBF: A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

  1. Love this book, Stacy! How come when I see a book like this, I wonder why I didn’t think of it…what a great series this would make…the beginner’s guide to whatever. 😉 Thanks for a great review!