Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Review - Little Bear's Treasures

Little Bear's Treasures

by Stella Dreis
Date: 2020
Publisher: Greystone Kids
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 36
Format: e-book
Source: library

A book to inspire children to hunt for treasures in the natural world.

Little Bear is a treasure finder. And he finds the most wonderful things: a shiny button, a tickly feather, a cozy hiding place, a tree to scratch, and even a shy, soft piece of lint. The other animals, however, don’t understand Little Bear’s treasures. “Just junk,” they say. Except for one… When Little Bear meets Little Bird, it’s the beginning of a wonderful friendship. Together, Little Bear just might discover his best treasure yet.

Poetic, affectionate, funny, and captivatingly illustrated, this gorgeous picture book is a treasure itself.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

What a cute book! This is about appreciating the little things and finding special friends to share that appreciation with.

Little Bear finds lots of treasures. But the other animals don't get it, and they think his finds are junk. Little Bear is a little disheartened... until he meets Little Bird, whose enthusiasm for finding treasure is almost as big as Little Bear's. Together, they find all sorts of wonderful things, and Little Bear realizes that his new friend is a treasure, too.

The illustrations are really adorable, soft and dreamy with just the right touch of whimsy. The text is spare but poetic and works really well to tell the simple story.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this one. I can see it working well in a homeschool setting in a lesson about finding treasures in the great outdoors.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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