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Old Bear    by Kevin Henkes order for
Old Bear
by Kevin Henkes
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2008 (2008)

* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

A new Kevin Henkes book release is always a cause to rejoice. This prolific, Caldecott-winning author has captured the attention of countless children with such wonderful books as Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Wemberly Worried, Kitten's First Full Moon, and one of my daughter Jessica's favorites, Jessica!

Henkes latest picture book has a dreamlike quality to it. Old Bear is cozy in his cave, hibernating for the winter. He has dreams of his youth as a young cub, depicted by images of springtime and colorful flowers, then summertime and a blueberry rain. He continues his reverie with dreams of the autumn and winter seasons. To his great surprise and delight, when he wakes up, it is indeed a beautiful spring day, a day that mirrors his dreams.

The quality of the illustrations is superb - each picture is drawn with bursts of color and framed as in a photo, and just a few words of text accompany the opposite page, making this a nice, pleasant read-aloud.

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