Saturday, June 4, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book one hundred and fifty-five

These days many people seem to spend their lives running from place to place so fast that they forget why they started running in the first place. They get distracted by the noise and bustle around them. Today's picture book is about a bear who has a similar experience. It is only when something goes wrong that he finally remembers what his initial goal was.

Addis Berner Bear ForgetsAddis Berner Bear Forgets
Joel Stewart
Picture book
For ages 4 to 7
Random House UK, 2008, 978-0-385-61004-9
   Addis Berner Bear arrives in the city in winter. It is cold and snowy and he is very confused by the hustle and bustle of the city. Everything is so big, “so loud and fast,” that Addis Berner Bear quite forgets his old life, and he also forgets why he came to the city in the first place.
   As he wanders through the city seeing extraordinary things and meeting all kinds of people, Addis Berner Bear discovers that he isn’t the only one who cannot remember why he came to the city. There are many other people around who are in a similar situation.
   Then something truly terrible happens. Two wicked men steal Addis Berner Bear’s trumpet. Addis Berner Bear is heartbroken at his loss, which is when help arrives.
   Young children will be fascinated by this story of a bear who gets lost, and who quite by accident finds the answer to his biggest question. With beautiful illustrations and a stunningly simple and lyrical text, this is a story that children will want to come back to again and again.

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