A read packed with things young children will love - snowmen, a friendly bear, a know-it-all rabbit, a rather angry wolf and poo. Rabbit & Bear is a laugh-out-loud tale full of warmth and heart with valuable lessons on friendship, kindness and sharing embedded within this delightful story.
When Bear is rudely woken up from his hibernation by a thief stealing his food he is surprised to find that it is snowing outside. Rather than see the negatives of the situation, ever positive bear takes the opportunity to build a snowman for the first time. Grumpy, poo-eating Rabbit wants to build a snowman too and he knows that it has to be better than Bear’s. Rabbit is a bit of a know-it-all and is all too quick to point out the flaws of others thinking that he knows best. But when hungry Wolf comes along and quite fancies rabbit-pie for dinner, Rabbit learns that having a friend might be much better than being alone.
Amongst all the laughs and poo, there are some really interesting science lessons on gravity, avalanches, habitats and the intricacies of rabbit digestion that are perfectly woven into the narrative - there is so much to get out of this book.
Rabbit & Bear is beautifully presented with illustrations from Jim Field that perfectly capture the different personalities and emotions of Bear, Rabbit and Wolf. There’s also the added bonus of a map at the front (I love a book with a map) - I quite fancy a visit to the Giant Sandpit or The Bog of Frogs. The read is easily accessible to younger readers as each page has illustrations accompanied by a small amount of text.
An ideal read for emerging readers, especially those transitioning from picture books to chapter books. The story is easy to follow and features a setting and characters that are familiar. Great for reading aloud to children of 5+ and for young confident readers to read independently.
Recommended for 5+.