Little One

illus. by Jo Weaver. 32p. Peachtree. Mar. 2016. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781561459247.
PreS-Gr 1—A mother bear and her cub journey throughout the seasons in Weaver's picture book debut. The slightly anthropomorphized Big Bear and Little One delight in their woodland home, catching fish, eating berries, making friends, and simply enjoying the wind and the stars. Brief, gentle text and Big Bear's generous, comforting presence make for a soothing read. Black-and-white charcoal illustrations support this peaceful mood by showcasing the natural surroundings: scenes of the forest, lake, and cave are simultaneously glorious and cozy. Weaver effectively combines the velvet quality of charcoal and the rough patterns of the textured paper background to capture the beauty in dandelions, night skies, sunbeams, and sleeping bears.
VERDICT A sweet parent-child story for bedtime that evokes safety, peace, and plenty.

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