From 2010-2012, I wrote a blog called Spine Label. At the time, I was working towards my master's degree in library science, as well as working in a public library (primarily in youth services). Spine Label was where I reviewed books, discussed programs I was implementing at my library, and occasionally wrote about library science more broadly. Spine Label is no longer online; the domain name was my maiden name and it didn't make a whole lot of sense to keep it, particularly once I left my public library job. Happily, I still have access the contents of the blog, which my husband is fond of saying is the best thing I've ever written (I'm not sure what that means for everything I've worked on since then, but I'm going with it). Since I'm writing about children's literature again, I thought it would be nice to revisit the reviews that were once posted on Spine Label, as a way of both looking at backlist titles as well as giving the reviews a proper home on the Internet again. It's worth noting that these reviews were written from the perspective of a public librarian and not necessarily the perspective of a parent.
Calico Bear, Fuzzy Bear, Yellow Bear and Floppy Bear each have their own chair. But what will happen when Big Brown Bear shows up and wants to sit in a chair, too?
This is a simple story that will be a hit with little ones. The illustrations are done by David Walker, and his pastel bears are soft, sweet and infused with personality (Floppy Bear is, in fact, floppy). The A-B-A-B rhyme scheme and frequent repetition lends itself well to reading aloud, but it’s a good book for sharing one-on-one, as well. As a bonus, the book has a happy ending and reinforces the concept of sharing.
For a peek at some of the text and interior illustrations, check out a post from Seven Impossible Before Breakfast here.