When I’m Bigger, Mama Bear

Farrar. (Mama and Bella Bear). Nov. 2020. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780374305802.
PreS-Gr 2–Bella (In a Minute, Mama Bear) is back in a new adventure as she navigates more childhood challenges. When Mama Bear is making lunch, Bella wants to help. She’s too little to stir the hot soup, chop up vegetables with the sharp knife, ride a big kid bicycle instead of her jaunty yellow tricycle, or go shopping by herself. When at the store, Mama Bear keeps a close eye on Bella, but the young cub starts climbing the shop shelves. Only at the top does she realize how very high and scary the world looks from that perspective. Mama Bear saves the day, reassuring Bella that everybody needs help sometimes, not just little bears. The colorful illustrations and wobbly font are reminiscent of Bright’s previous “Love Monster” series. Bella’s frustration at constantly being told “no” will be familiar to those who find themselves too small for big kid tasks.
VERDICT Told in a straightforward cadence, this is a sweet and encouraging read-aloud for little ones who can’t wait to grow up.

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