S. & S./Aladdin. Sept. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781481480666.
PreS-K–Papa Bear finds out he is being sent to Arizona for a work trip and brings Baby Bear along with him. At first, Baby Bear is unsure about being so far from home, especially without Mama. But once they arrive, he finds that traveling and experiencing new things is much more fun than he expected. They swim in the hotel pool and explore the bustling town together. For dinner, Papa and Baby Bear go to a Mexican restaurant. Baby Bear has never eaten Mexican food before and wants to order pizza. Papa encourages him to try something new and orders tacos for them both. Baby Bear loves the tacos and orders them at every restaurant for the rest of the trip. Once they arrive back home, Baby Bear is thrilled to learn that he can have tacos at home, too! Asch’s vibrant illustrations are easily recognizable and engaging, and this tale will be relatable to young readers and parents who are struggling with picky eaters. Papa Bear acknowledges Baby Bear’s anxiety while also encouraging him to branch out and have new experiences.
VERDICT Although tacos are an extremely familiar menu item today, this is still a great story hour read from a longtime favorite and a good way to explore the topic of traveling and trying new foods.

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