Perfect Picture Book Friday: BunnyBear

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday!

Have I got a treat for you!

One of the FIRST picture books of 2017!

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BUNNYBEAR

Written by Andrea J. Loney

Illustrated by Carmen Saldaña

Publisher: Albert Whitman (January 2017)

Ages: Preschool – Grade 3

Themes:

Acceptance, friendship

Synopsis:

From Amazon:

Although Bunnybear was born a bear, he feels more like a bunny. He prefers bouncing in the thicket to tramping in the forest, and, in his heart, he’s fluffy and tiny, like a rabbit, instead of burly and loud, like a bear. The other bears don’t understand him, and neither do the bunnies. Will Bunnybear ever find a friend who likes him just the way he is?

Opening Lines:

“There was once a bear who was more than a bear.”

Why I like this book:

  • I love books that help kids accept who they are…and Bunnybear does exactly that.
  • The gentle humor will be enjoyed by young listeners and appreciated by adult readers.
  • The illustrations marry perfectly with the well-written text.
  • My favorite line? ‘When I see you, I feel more like me.’

RELATED ACTIVITIES

PAPER PLATE BEAR

fuzzypaperplatebear-mainpicPhoto courtesy http://www.firstpalette.com

I’m a big fan of paper plate crafts…quick and easy for parent and child…and so much fun. Why not let your child be creative…maybe his bear will have bunny ears. For a very simple bear plate, you will need 1 paper plate, construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers or crayon.

  1. Cut ears, nose, and eyes from construction paper.
  2. Color the plate with crayons or markers.
  3. Glue the features onto the face.
  4. Display your child’s work proudly. You can also use it for role playing.

More instructions here for a fuzzy bear: http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Animals/fuzzypaperplatebear/

JUST OUT: Trailer for BunnyBear:

This post is part of a series for parents and teachers and writers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.

And please stop by here tomorrow for our Will Write for Cookies Q&A with debut picture book author, Andrea J. Loney. And yes…there will be a GIVEAWAY of a copy of Bunnybear! Just leave a comment on tomorrow’s post—what animal would you want to be?

Oh my goodness…I had already posted this and am editing to include the winner of the copy of Loir Degman’s NORBERT’S BIG DREAM. And the winner is

DAVID MCMULLEN

David, I’ll reach out to get your address so I can mail you the book!

Thank you for visiting today—I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2018), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, cooking, playing Monopoly with my 8-year old grandson and fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on January 27, 2017, in Crafts for kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Picture Book Review, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. vivian,
    Love your craft that accompany the books. i’ll save this one to do with my grandson when he comes! And read him bunny bear.

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  2. Hurray! I’m so excited about this book and know my kids are going to fall in love with it. And probably pretend they are bunny-bears for weeks.

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  3. Terrific craft idea, Vivian.

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  4. Looking forward to this one! BunnyBear seems like a wonderful story, and that craft idea is adorable.

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  5. I love the cover art. The illustration gives a bear-sized hint at the story problem. Fitting in with others is a big part of childhood. I wish this book had come out a few years ago when my daughter changed schools. I know I’m going to enjoy this picture book!

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  6. Love bunnies & bears & I can’t wait to read about Bunnybear!

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  7. Must Read! this looks SO cute

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  8. Second glowing review I’ve read about this charming story. Must read!

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  9. I have been so looking forward to Andrea’s debut picture book. And I love your activity.

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  10. I too love books on acceptance. On reserve at the library, I can’t wait to read this book.

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  11. Great interview and congratulations, Andrea! Very inspiring for a newer, yet to be published PB writer. Thanks!

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  12. Awesome! This book sounds very sweet! 🙂

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  13. This sounds like a fantastic book, and I loved the accompanying art activity! I look forward to reading this one!

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  14. What a great book. Very creative and universal in theme. Always love your crafts Vivian.

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