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Rosie Bear

Rosie Bear

Rosie Bear here, fresh from a long winter’s nap – yawn. I actually had no intention of hibernating this year as I had way too many books to read, but one night last October, I was reading a long, looong book, and the next thing I know – it’s March!  Anyway, it’s time to get back to work.

As some of you may know, my friend the Library Lady had a falling out with the PBS series, Downton Abby.  (  As a result, even though her husband, and that ridiculous dog Lucy still stayed glued to the set on Sunday evenings, the Library Lady swore off all things Downton. Well, I bet I can get her to change her mind . . .  with this!

The Missing Diamond By Nick Page

The Missing Diamond
By Nick Page

Mouseton Abby – The Missing Diamond,  is unbearably cute and everyone will want to read it. Mouseton Abby originally belonged to the monastic mice of the Stinky brotherhood of the Holy Goatcheese, but it eventually ended up in the hands of Sir Roquefort, the Earl of Mouseton.

This mysterious story is filled with lots of fun characters, with many cheesy names like the Dowager Countess Lady Gouda. As the story goes, Lord Roquefort, who is very forgetful, loses the Great Cheesy Diamond, right before the annual celebration of Cheesemas, and the hunt is on.

Mouston Abby is a fun book for the cubs, and also for Mama and Papa bears especially if they like Downton Abby, which the Library Lady doesn’t, but she might give it a second chance after seeing this cute book!

Speaking of great books.  Here’s another must read.

By Amy Hest

By Amy Hest

Mr. George Baker is a Reading Rainbow book, and rightly so since it’s all about one of my beary favorite subjects – Reading. Mr. George Baker  is a hundred years old.  He’s sitting on the front porch of his house waiting for his friend Mr. Harry “in charge”, who is five.  When Harry arrives, he tells us about Mr. Baker and  his crumpled hat and long stretchy legs in saggy baggy pants with pockets full of candy.

They wait, and talk about some of  the things Mr. Baker  learned over the years, and some of the things he didn’t.  One of the didn’t is learn to read.

“That must be corrected”, he says.

Finally the wait is over. They stand and walk to the street as the school bus arrives, and  Mr. Baker and Harry both get on the bus. Though everyone wants Mr. Baker to sit with them, he always sits by Harry. When they get to the school, Harry goes to his room, and Mr. Baker goes to room 7 with the other adults who are  . . . learning to read.

This  honey of a book, also has furry beautiful pictures. You won’t sleep through this one!

Four Paws UP!

Four Paws UP!

Beary Beautiful Book Nominees

GRR, this is Rosie Bear again. Many people have asked whether I plan to hibernate this winter. I say NO WAY, I have too many books to read.Today I’m spotlighting two nominees for the Rosie Bear Beautiful Book Award.  I’ll mention  several of these throughout the year, and  on the one-year anniversary of this blog, the Library lady and her friends will vote for the winner.  Here’s two of my favorites

saturdays and teacakesSaturdays and Tea Cakes

Story by Lester Laminack
Paintings by Chris Soentpiet

If you could see this book in person, you’d know that this tiny photo doesn’t do it justice.  Saturday’s and  Tea Cakes is one of the most splendiferous picture books this little brown bear has ever seen. Artist  Chris Soentpiet gets 4 paws and ten claws up.

The story, set in the 1940’s, is  about a young boy who rides his bike to Grandma’s house one Saturday to help with her chores.  On the way he passes through a small town, populated by classic cars, an old-time gas station, and quaint houses and shops.  In the countryside he rides by sweeping meadows and peaceful country farms. But it’s the  scenes at Grandmas’ house that really make the book.

After greetings and hugs, the two sit down in Grandma’s cozy kitchen, with its red formica countertops, 40’s dinette set, and vintage everything.   In return for  the boy’s help with  chores, Grandma makes her special  Tea Cakes for a treat. Later they rest and visit on a front porch surrounded by Snapdragons and Hollyhocks. As the day wanes,  it’s time for the boy to return home.

This gentle book  would make a wonderful gift for a grandchild, or grandparent.  It’s all about  family, and the special love that bonds the generations.

water dance

Water Dance

by Thomas Locker

Water Dance is another gorgeous book. Illustrated by oils on canvas, it shows us water in all  its varied and beautiful forms.

At the foot of the mountains:
I leap from a stone cliff.
Spiraling . Plunging.
I am the waterfall.

At other times I am drawn upward by warm sunlight:
In white -silver veils I rise.
I disappear into the air.
I am the mist.

At the end of the book there is an excellent explanation of the water cycle that any parent or teacher could use for further discussions.  Either as a teaching tool, or  a cozy read before bed-time, Water Dance is a grrreat book for the cubs.

Rosie Bear Book Review: Two for One Monday

1.All through My town, by Jean Reidy

all through my town

Reading All Through My Town, is like taking a walk through any small town – one populated with animals that is.  Busy residents run stores, deliver newspapers, race for the bus, and meet friends.  The rhyming prose is fun to read, and the brilliantly colored illustrations brim with life  They brim with something else that is very special too . . . bears.  See how many you can spot as you browse through the pages of this great book.

Rosie Bear says Three Paws up!

2. Too Many Toys, by David Shannon

too many toys

Spencer has too many toys! He has fleets of trucks, a tub  of bath toys, closets full of games, puzzles and costumes, and many many stuffed animals. Worst of all, people keep giving him more.  Everyone knows that Spencer loves toys, so every time he has a birthday or holiday, his aunts, his uncles, and his friends give him presents.  And they know what he likes, so they give him toys.

One day the toys become a problem.  Spencer’s Mom trips on his train tracks while carrying a load of laundry.  “You have too many toys!” she says. “Bring me all the toys you don’t need anymore and we’ll give them away.”  They put the toys in a big box, and after all that hard work, Spencers Mom goes away for a rest.  When she comes back she finds a big surprise.

This is a fun book with a great message – Spencer should keep his stuffed bear! Well, no, that’s not really the messsage, but there is another  good one.  Read, Too Many Toys, and see what you think.

Rosie Bear Book Review: Children Just Like Me

children just like meHave you ever wondered what   Finnish children eat for dinner, or what a Vietnamese child’s house looks like?  What are your hopes and dreams if you live in Tanzania? Children Just Like Me is a fascinating look into different cultures and lifestyles from around the world.  More importantly, while making note of our differences, what becomes apparent is how similar we really are. This delightful book is fascinating, and fun to read aloud to little ones as it prompts lots of interesting questions.   A great read for homeschoolers.  Rosie Bear rates this – “a furry good book”.

Rosie Bear Book Review: The Princess and the Pig

princess abd the pigThe Princess and the Pig, by Jonathan Emmert / Polly Berantene

What happens when a baby princess is accidentally exchanged for a piglet?  I dare you not to laugh as the families of both babies try to cope with this unexpected turn of events. In this spoof of a fairy tale, almost everyone lives happily ever. Moral, a princess can be something of a pig, but a pig cannot be a princess, (or, heaven forbid, a bear).

Rosie Bear rates this: A Honey of a read.

Rosie Bear Book Review: Big Hungry Bear

bear straw berry 2The Little Mouse, The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry, By Don and Audrey Wood

A timid little mouse finds a lovely red ripe strawberry.  Along comes a big hungry bear – is there any other kind?  The mouse tries to hide her strawberry, but the bear is too smart – naturally.  This book is funny and little bit mysterious.  It touches on the concept of greed vs. generosity, with a happy compromise at the end.  Beautifully illustrated, and fun to act out with the cubs.