Viking. Jul. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781984836625.
PreS-Gr 2–It’s starting to rain and no one is happy; not Badger, not Rabbit, not Moose, and especially not Bear. Rain ruins everything, from ice cream cones to sandcastles to cashmere sweaters. But Bear’s cave is too crowded for everyone, especially with Moose, who is using a Hula-Hoop. After the group works together to try to rescue one of Moose’s hoops from a tree, Bear falls into a giant puddle with the Hula-Hoop around him. Following some encouragement, Bear tries it out, and soon everyone is Hula-Hooping in the puddle and splashing around, soaked. Told from the perspective of Bear, this is perfectly paced with lots of visual foreshadowing to make for great dialogic reading, and children will enjoy following items from scene to scene. This humorous debut, full of expressive and winsome characters that are reminiscent of those found in Emily Gravett’s work, is a great story about finding joy in the moment, whatever it might be, and learning to let go of your expectations.
VERDICT A sure hit for any kind of weather, and every kind of story hour.

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