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Author: Chaud, Benjamin
Illustrator: Chaud, Benjamin
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-452114-24-8
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

The Bear’s Song

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Papa Bear has just settled in for a winter of hibernation with Little Bear, but Little Bear has his own ideas. Thinking of honey, he takes off in pursuit of a bee, hoping he will be led to the hive. Papa Bear wakes up and dashes after Little Bear, but loses him in the forest. The trail leads to the big city, and to the opera house. The rest of the pages follow Papa Bear’s search throughout the opera house for his son, in rehearsal halls, dressing rooms, and finally to the stage itself. Reunited, they discover the treasure Little Bear has been seeking. The translation from the original French text is sparse and clear. Reminiscent of a cross between Bemeleman’s ‘Madeline’ and ‘Where’s Waldo?’, the illustrations show richly detailed pictures of the woods, Paris and the opera house, in which readers can search for the tiny figure of Little Bear and his bee. The opera house itself is shown as a cut-away, like a dollhouse, with myriad rooms that all seem to have their own backstory. It is a book that can be enjoyed over and over again.

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