Title: ‘A Best Friend for Bear’
Author: Sam Loman
Release Date: 26 Jan 2021
Length: 24 pages
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Clavis Publishing
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Bear is in his room. He is sad. He wants a best friend to play with. “Go outside,” says Daddy. “You’ll meet a friend to play with.”
Bear takes his ball and goes to the forest. But where will he find a best friend? He looks everywhere(behind the trees, between bushes, etc.).
Rabbit sees Bear and Bear says he is looking for a best friend. So Rabbit joins in on the search. Owl flies down and asks what they are doing.
So Owl joins in the search but only sees Fox & thinks she can help. Squirrel sees them and she joins in the quest to go to Fox.
Badger is the last one to join them. But when they got to Fox’s house, Fox tells them Owl was wrong and she doesn’t know where to find a best friend.
Bear is sad. As he sits on the rock, Squirrel tells him he is not alone, all the animals are there. Bear thinks about it and he lights up. He realizes he not only found one best friend but 5!
A sweet story about making friends and playing together. For best friends ages 4 years and up.
**** My Review ****
If you want to awaken your child’s imagination and interest in the world around them, to challenge and encourage their critical thinking, then you should definitely start reading to them. Although mobile applications and modern devices are more interesting and provide the instant peace you need, it has been suggested that the benefits of reading are far more far-reaching and important for your child’s proper emotional and cognitive development.
It is important for your child to understand the essence of human relationships from an early age. In order to be able to understand themselves, and to create their own identity, children need to play and get to know other children of a similar age and create friendships. But first they need to understand the concept of friendship.
That’s why ‘A Best Friend for Bear’ by Sam Loman is the perfect choice for any preschooler. This picture book in a very simple way presents the concept of the need for socializing and acceptance by the environment. The teddy bear, as a character that children can identify with, takes them on this adventure to find a friend. Along the way they meet various forest animals, which join in the search for a friend. Emphasis is placed on the diversity of all of them, as a parallel to the diversity of all children. Everyone is an individual, with differences that distinguish them from others. But the common goal points to the similarity of all, which greatly helps children to learn to accept differences and similarities as part of all of humanity. Children do not have prejudices, and our task for a cohesive society is to try not to create prejudices in them.
An additional benefit of the picture book is that the children will get acquainted with the forest, as a concept. What animals can be found there, what do they look like.
The language structures are well-fitted, though some grammar issues could be found, and text is simple enough that children can follow without any problems. The ilustrations are absolutely cute and visually appealing that will help keep children invested in the story till the end.
All in all, an adorable and cute story that will help children understand about friendship and differences between all of us. Definitely great choice for every family.