FICTION
Bear Out There
Bloomsbury. Jun. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781681197456.
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PreS-Gr 2–Spider is eager to fly his homemade kite out in the yard with his friend Bear. The problem is that Bear prefers the indoors followed by a comforting cup of tea in his cozy chair. Spider, on the other hand, loves the warm sun, fresh breeze, and delectable bugs found outdoors. When Spider’s kite flies away, Bear agrees to help him find it because that is what good friends do. Grant’s story is a follow-up to the popular Bear’s Scare, which first introduced Spider. The illustrations are rendered in charcoal and crayon in soft, muted colors. Bear is willing to set aside his own personal desires for the best interests of his friend. Children will absorb the valuable message that compromise is essential to any good friendship, and when the going gets tough, buddies still stick together.

VERDICT Fans of Bear’s Scare will enjoy this next installment, and note that good friendships are worth the effort

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