A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
The creators of A Visitor for Bear return with an easy reader featuring Mouse and Bear! It is Bear’s birthday, but Bear is much to busy to celebrate. Bear does not like birthdays. He doesn’t like parties, balloons, cakes or presents. But Mouse has different ideas about how Bear should spend his birthday, and they don’t include scrubbing the house from top to bottom. Mouse tries again and again to get Bear into a birthday mood and in the end you know he will win!
This easy reader retains the feel of the original with great humor and charm. Becker’s writing does not feel constrained by the new format at all. She embraces the limitations of an easy reader and turns out a delightful tale. The illustrations are still soft-hued and domestic, a great foil for the silliness of Mouse. This is a great odd couple for the younger set.
Highly recommended, this is an easy reader that should be in every library collection. It is a great easy reader, but an equally good read aloud. Appropriate for ages 4-7.
Reviewed from library copy.
Also reviewed by BooksTogether.