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The Resource Bear and Bunny, Daniel Pinkwater ; illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

Bear and Bunny, Daniel Pinkwater ; illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

Label
Bear and Bunny
Title
Bear and Bunny
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Pinkwater ; illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Best friends Bear and Bunny wander through the woods looking for food, singing songs, and talking about what kind of pet they might like to adopt
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Kindergarten The gentle bear and rabbit who became fast friends in Bear in Love (2012) now share the wonders of the forest (pinecones! caterpillars!) with each other and sing about their discoveries. Bunny wonders why they don’t have a pet, and, after he explains the concept (“an animal you take care of and feed, and it loves you”), he and Bear discuss possible candidates. A pinecone? Not an animal. A caterpillar? Not much fun. Soon they find their pet: a small “kitty” up in a tree. One look at the illustrations will tell kids that this pet is actually a frog, and it’s an insight they will definitely want to share. It’s hard to explain the charm of Pinkwater’s quiet story in terms of its plot, since so much depends upon the well-chosen wording, pacing, and tone of the text. Hillenbrand’s mixed-media artwork reflects that understated tone beautifully, while portraying the characters and settings with strength and delicacy. A satisfying choice for reading aloud. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 11-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 5, p64)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 1—Bear and Bunny became friends at the end of this pair's gentle whodunit Bear in Love (Candlewick, 2012), in which they learned about the reciprocity of friendship, and they remain inseparable in this iteration. Spending their days wandering and singing little ditties that add to the charm of the relationship, the two do not even recognize that they are of different species: "You see, the bear is sure that the bunny is a very small bear. The bunny is sure the bear is a very large bunny." The narrator says it would be too hard to explain, and it doesn't matter anyway. Whether this is an important global lesson on friendship or a statement about the animals' limited intelligence doesn't matter either. For the cliff-hanger in this story is the fate of a little frog adopted by the two…who believe he is a kitten. Hillenbrand's mixed-media illustrations are the real winners here, with a faded forest background creating a sense of place without distraction. Bear's and Bunny's gestures, expressions, and movements are simple yet full of humanity. A wonderful storytime addition and an opportunity for compare and contrast, perhaps with one of Bonny Becker's "Bear and Mouse" (Candlewick) books. VERDICT Recommended for most picture book collections.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence, RI --Lisa Lehmuller (Reviewed 10/01/2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 10, p82)
  • Bear and the rabbit he met in Bear in Love (2012) are now the best of friends, exploring the woods together and apart. "You see, the bear is sure the bunny is a very small bear," Pinkwater writes. "The bunny is sure the bear is a very large bunny. This is not so, but it would be too hard to explain it to them." Once they meet, they stroll aimlessly, make idle conversation, and take naps, with the white bunny sprawled on the bear's broad back. Bear collects pinecones. Bunny points out a caterpillar. They decide they want a pet, determine that neither pinecones nor caterpillars suffice, and adopt a tree frog, which they believe to be a "kitty." Hillenbrand's mixed-media illustrations convey the duo's ease and amiability, with the bear resembling an adult Pooh and the pink-cheeked bunny another species of Piglet. Pinkwater's meandering narrative mimes children's improvisational storytelling, and there are plenty of chuckles to be had over the misunderstandings of his none-too-bright characters. Ages 2–5. Author's agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed October 12, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 41, p)
  • Although close friends Bear and Bunny live independently, they decide to acquire a pet together. In a palette of gentle pastels, two benign, softly cartoonish characters move through pages of woodland and meadow, talking and singing, apart and together. Refreshingly, the animals appear equally content whether together or on their own. They sing. "Wandering together / Wandering together / Wandering together to see what we can see." This particular little ditty and its pastoral illustration strongly evoke A.A. Milne's Pooh and Piglet. The youngest readers will be delighted by their own relative sophistication in comparison to the furry friends: "You see, the bear is sure the bunny is a very small bear. The bunny is sure the bear is a very large bunny. This is not so, but it would be too hard to explain it to them. Besides, it doesn't matter." This same humor continues through a discussion about what makes an appropriate pet and on to the friends' eventual choice: a green "kitty" that answers their questions with, "CROAK!" The somewhat lengthy text has a good midpoint for stopping: the first of two naps by the animal friends, before their discussion of pets. The last page of the book is sweet but weak, ending in a conversation; readers may wish that the author had ended with the same narrative voice that so beautifully opens the book. Whimsical, pretty, and endearing. (Picture book. 2-5)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10457719
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
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Pinkwater, Daniel Manus
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.P6335
LC item number
Bdb 2015
Literary form
fiction
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  • -1
  • 1
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Hillenbrand, Will
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True
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  • Bears
  • Rabbits
  • Pets
  • Friendship
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Bear and Bunny, Daniel Pinkwater ; illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 x 27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763671532
Lccn
bl2015049815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
Bear and Bunny, Daniel Pinkwater ; illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 x 27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763671532
Lccn
bl2015049815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations

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