Perfect Picture Book Friday – Baby Bear Discovers The World

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday!

It’s May on Blueberry Hill, and you know what that means:

Baby goslings.

Baby foxes.

Baby snakes.

Baby rabbits.

Baby groundhogs.

And given the black bear you all know was hanging out on my porch last week eating bird seed,  I’m betting there are some baby bears around too, even though I haven’t seen any… which is probably just as well because no one needs an overprotective mama bear too near their house! 😊

In the spirit of baby animals, I have chosen this very delightful book for today.  I dare you and your young reading companions not to love the pictures 🙂

Title: Baby Bear Discovers The World
Written By: Marion Dane Bauer
Photography By: Stan Tekiela
Adventure Publications Inc, 2006, Factual Fiction with great photos

Suitable For Ages: 3 and up

Themes/Topics: wild animals, growing up, independence, nature

Opening: One fine spring morning Baby Bear said to his mama, “Mama, I’m a big bear now.  It’s time for me to go out and discover the world.  Then he kissed his mama so she would know he meant business.”

Brief Synopsis: From the jacket: “Follow Baby Bear’s excursion into the big world as he tries to prove his independence, wandering closer and closer to places he doesn’t belong.  Using twin cubs and the assistance of a handler, Stan [the photographer] succeeded in getting all the photos for this book from the cubs’ natural reactions to their surroundings.  His ability to capture everything from their inquisitive faces to actually tumbling from a log is delightfully documented.”

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Links To Resources:  Everything you need is right here!  The back of the book has a section on bear facts – characteristics, activity, diet, cubs, and hibernation.  It also has a section on how the book was photographed, and another section of “outtakes and bloopers” photos – SO CUTE! 🙂  You can also go for a walk and look for signs of animals – paw prints, nests, etc.  City or country, you’re likely to discover some fun things, just like Baby Bear 🙂

Why I Like This Book:  I just absolutely adore wildlife photography.  This book combines a fun story about learning independence with exquisite photography of lots of animals besides the bears along with the surrounding flora.  It’s fun just to look at the pictures 🙂  The outtakes and bloopers photos are also tons of fun and make the experience of the book even better.  Wait until you see the picture of Baby Bear licking a mouse 🙂

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I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 😊

And for those of you who want to join in the Eenie Meenie Miney Mini Writing Challenge, here’s the link to week #1 for easy access 😊

16 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Baby Bear Discovers The World

  1. viviankirkfield says:

    Hurray…I love the photographs in this book, Susanna. Thanks for sharing this one.
    And thanks for the wonderful challenge…I still need to try to craft a 100-word story.

  2. says:

    Thanks for sharing! This looks like such a sweet story and I love that the author used photographs. I look forward to reading this adorable book!

  3. Sue Heavenrich says:

    Hurrah for spring and great books. Over here on our hill we saw two adult geese and 3 goslings swimming down at the river – a nice family group. And our local fox is quite active, always leading us “away” so there’s got to be some little ones somewhere nearby…

  4. Patricia Tilton says:

    I love beautiful photography in a picture book. Spring is so full of renewal and kids are fascinated with baby birds, rabbits and fawns. What a great way to share and talk about natural habitats. And, you live in the perfect place to see a lot of wildlife.

  5. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    This is tooo cute! I suppose I’d get in trouble for pinching those furry little cheeks! Having tried my own “wildlife” photography and failed miserably, I am in awe of anyone who can take such fabulous photos! Thanks for featuring this huggable book, Susanna!

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