Three Bears in a Boat

illus. by David Soman. 40p. Dial Bks. for Young Readers. May 2014. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9780803739932. LC 2013017796.
RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 1—Breaking a prized blue seashell while their mother is away and knowing they'll be in big trouble, three mischievous bears set out to sea to find a replacement. The plot is simple, yet the bears don't find what they're looking for immediately. They search, fight with one another, and even get caught in the middle of a storm. Their adventures will keep readers interested, making the story a great read-aloud, and the mother bear will leave readers with an ending that will appease parents everywhere. The gorgeous, bright and detailed illustrations are a perfect fit for the text. A first purchase for all.—Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Climbing up to the mantle for a pot of honey, Dash, Charlie, and Theo accidentally break their mother's blue seashell. In search of a replacement, the three bears set sail, coming across eccentric sailors, wild aquatic animals, and strange lands on their adventure. Soman uses rich blues and greens in his expansive watercolor spreads, artfully capturing the mood and movement of the ocean.

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