Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

9780062241726_fe464Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Bears
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 40 Hardcover 11×11″
Date Published: January 7th, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

From Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner Kadir Nelson comes a transcendent tale about a lost little bear searching for home.
Baby Bear is lost and trying to find his way home. As he walks through the forest, he meets other animals who offer wise advice:

Trust yourself.

Listen to your heart.

Keep walking and you will find your way home.

As each encounter moves Baby Bear farther along on his journey, he gains courage and the comforting feeling that he is loved and never alone.

With poetic text and stunning illustrations, Baby Bear is a powerful addition to the canon of timeless picture-book classics.

Read in November, 2013

This is a pretty large picture book, but it is a feast for your eyes. The illustrations, or paintings rather, make me lean toward 5 stars, but the text more so to 3 stars, so I will settle at 4 stars.Baby Bear is lost and while there is no mama bear in the story it is an interesting interaction with many forest animals to guide him home.

Thanks to HarperCollins for providing an ARC for review.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details. 

Kadir Nelson is one of the most accomplished, award-winning illustrators working today. He won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. He received Caldecott Honors for Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he also garnered a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and won an NAACP Image Award. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Nelson’s authorial debut, We Are the Ship, was a New York Timesbestseller, a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Kadir Nelson lives in Southern California. You can visit him online at

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