3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2008
'Once there were two bears, Big Bear and Little Bear.
Big Bear is the big bear and Little Bear is the little bear.'
And that is how Martin Waddell's 'Bear' series of stories all start, which is comforting for the younger reader who will soon start to recognise the gentle repetition of key words.
Little Bear wants to play, but Big Bear has some chores to do!
Little Bear helps Big Bear to fetch the wood for the fire, go for the water, and tidy Bear Cave.
Little Bear is ever hopeful of being able to play once the chores are finished but there is just too much to do so he ends up playing by himself....bear-jumping, bear-sliding, bear-swinging, bear-tricks-with-bear-sticks....even bear-run-about-by-himself!
When Big Bear finally comes out to sit on his rock, for a quiet think......he falls asleep!
But not for long, as Little Bear points out that he has played all his games by himself, it is now time for some togetherness......and Big Bear agrees to play some games, including hide-and-seek!
They played until the sun slipped away, then it was time to go home.
In true child fashion, Little Bear recalls the good things about the day:
"It was lovely, Big Bear," Little Bear said.
"Just you and me playing...together."
31 high quality shiny pages, in the popular 2-page spread format (except the last one!) with superb pastel illustrations, throughout, from Barbara Firth.
Enough words to each page, in a good sized print, to be stimulating, but not over-powering.
Plenty of speech opportunities for those who like to read along!
From the back cover:
"I want to play!" Little Bear said.
There are lots of jobs that ned to be done in the Bear Cave. While Big Bear works, Little Bear plays his bear-games all by himself, but what he really wants is for Big Bear to play with him.
Will Little Bear's wish ever come true?'
Example of text:
'... "I've tidied my things, Big Bear!" Little Bear said.
"That's good, Little Bear," said Big Bear.
"But I'm not finished yet."
"I want you to play!" Little Bear said.
"You'll have to play by yourself, Little Bear," said Big Bear.
"I've still got plenty to do!"
Little Bear went to play by himself, while Big Bear got on with the work.......'
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 1999
At first glance this story book looks pretty ordinary until that is you start to look at the illustrations! There are hours of fun for little eyes as they search for the hidden treasures in the pictures..This story is full of helpful teachings too like Mummy & Daddy can't always play. (Part of an excellent series)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2002
A lovely,gentle tale showing children that grown-ups can't always give their undivided attention, but also showing grown-ups the importance of taking 'time out' to play.
Perfect for a bedtime story, or for 'snuggling up'at any time of day. My three year old really enjoys this story.