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Dec 30, 2014

Something about a bear

Jackie Morris
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
ISBN: 9781847805164           RRP: $27.95

Word-vignettes give insight into the natural lives of about eight different kinds of bears from around the world. The text has the lilt of poetry but underscoring this is the wild nature of the bears – they are strong, fierce and dangerous. Nature notes at the end of the book emphasize this. The watercolour illustrations evoke bear spirit, echoing this from the words. It is impossible to skim through this book; the drawings are arresting and powerful, the words lyrical. The reader is fascinated by both. At the end, a connection for children – the very best bear of all. This beautiful book
would make a special addition to a family collection.