Big Brown Bear's Cave

illus. by Yuval Zommer. 32p. Candlewick. Mar. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763696467. POP
PreS-Gr 2—Big Brown Bear has found a cave, but no matter where he lays in it, he feels like he is missing something. One day he notices a human cave; or as we know it, a garage. Human caves are full of stuff, so Big Brown Bear gathers up some of that stuff for his cave. Big Brown Bear loads up some boxes with his favorite stuff, including a vacuum, a rake, a clock, some pots and jugs, a clock, and a bike. When he gets it all into his cave there's almost no room for him. He finds himself trapped in his cave and his friends can't get him out. In the end, he returns the humans' stuff and finds a better way to keep his cave from feeling empty by sharing it with his friends.
VERDICT This delightful story is helped by illustrations that complement the text and are perfect for closer inspection. The sweet lesson about filling one's life with friends rather than stuff is subtle and, in the end, stands out. A recommended purchase for most libraries.

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