If You Believe In Me

Red Comet. Sept. 2022. 28p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781636550169.
PreS-Gr 1–A precious book about a little brown bear, of no stated gender, feeling its through the world all because of the confidence instilled it by one of the adults who beams back in almost every page. Written in lightly rhyming verse, the text flips at the end, noting that the sentence “I believe in you” has been a mantra in the little one’s entire life. Children will quickly make this book a favorite as the illustrations are inviting and dominate the majority of the page in bright colors with a patterned background. All characters featured are brown bears, although the central little bear is never clothed while the rest of them are. “I can turn a cartwheel. I can dive in the waves in the sea. And fly my kite up into the clouds because You believe in me.” The little bear is always within an arm’s reach of an adult. Children will be inspired to read about the exciting things they can do each day if they allow their creativity and confidence to take flight.
VERDICT Add this book to all collections where Wells’s books are popular.

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