Review – Little Bear’s Spring

For tonight’s bedtime read, T picked out a gorgeous-looking book we received recently – Little Bear’s Spring by Elli Woollard and Briony May Smith.

Little Bear wakes up one morning to a vast and seemingly empty world, devoid of life and covered in snow. With no-one to play with, Bear spots a stone and heads off down the track, carrying the stone on his back. Before long, Bear comes across another animal – a group of birds – and asks if they want to play. Unfortunately for him, the birds are more interested in preparing for the oncoming spring.

Having tried, and failed, to join in with nest-making, Bear and his stone head off again. The pattern of the story then repeats, first with a family of hares and then a pack of wolves! It is a scary moment with the wolves that leads to the climax of the story; an impossibly cute ending that springs (get it?!) on you that I shall leave you to discover for yourself.

This is a gorgeous book in every respect. The story is charming and has some beautiful, evocative descriptions of spring (perfect for this time of year) and the illustrations are fantastic – playing with light and capturing movement and emotion really effectively. The ending is cute/endearing without dipping into cheesy! The rhyme is tight and works well throughout, never feeling forced.

A lovely, winter/spring story to explore with children 4 and up. There is some lovely language to discover and discuss and plenty in the beautiful images to explore. As we finished the book, T declared, “ah, cute!”

You can get a copy of tonight’s story via the following link…

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