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Series: David McPhail's Love Series #1
Illustrator: David McPhail
Genres: Juvenile Fiction
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Abrams Appleseed, Abrams Books for Young Readers on January 1st 2013
Format: Board Book
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Ben and Bear do everything together. After breakfast, they play hide-and-seek and do tricks to make each other laugh. At night, Ben tells Bear a bedtime story and Bear snuggles with Ben until he falls asleep. The youngest readers will relate to the loving bond between a little boy and his favorite stuffed animal and how this sweet friendship makes each day special, from morning till night.
Praise for Ben Loves Bear
STARRED REVIEWS "Theirs is a soft, comforting world of cereal and honey breakfasts, hide and seek, and quiet bedtime reading. McPhail’s quiet, pastelhued paintings ensure that readers will be glad to revisit Ben and Bear." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Already a gifted artist, McPhail proves here that he intrinsically understands what the youngest readers want and need." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"McPhail’s classic watercolor style creates a comfortable and warm atmosphere that will resonate with youngsters." —School Library Journal
Ben Loves Bear is an amazing book and I cannot wait to get my hands on Bella Loves Bunny! Ben Loves Bear is a lot of things under these durable covers. It is an early reader that is just right for my budding preschooler. It is a board book with absolutely adorable images that delights my toddler. The sentences are short enough (Ben Loves Bear. Bear Loves Ben.) that my toddler tries to mimic it and soon I think my preschooler will have it memorized. This is wide like a board book, (6×8 dimensions) but a bit taller so it almost fits in the early readers section near the I Can Read! books. I’m totally in love with it and if there were a dozen or so similar I’d race out to get them all. Did I tell you that I cannot wait to get my hands on Bella Loves Bunny?!
Ben Loves Bear is fabulous and a wonderful addition to our shelves. It would make a great gift for anyone boy or girl, but especially boys with a specific special toy or lovey. Abrams Appleseed is doing an incredible job and every single book I have seen so far is a complete joy to me and my children. I cannot wait to see what else they have in store for readers.
Praise for Ben Loves Bear
“Theirs is a soft, comforting world of cereal and honey breakfasts, hide and seek, and quiet bedtime reading. McPhail’s quiet, pastelhued paintings ensure that readers will be glad to revisit Ben and Bear.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“McPhail’s classic watercolor style creates a comfortable and warm atmosphere that will resonate with youngsters.”
—School Library Journal