Friday, August 19, 2016

Little One by Jo Weaver

Little One 
by Jo Weaver
Published March, 2016
Peachtree Publishers
32 Pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
Spring is here and new life is stirring. There is so much for Big Bear to teach her new cub as they step out into the forest. Together they eat, swim, fish, and play as one season becomes the next. With Big Bears help, Little One grows more and more confident, until winter comes once more and its time to head home. With gentle text and stunning black and white illustrations, Jo Weaver reveals the wonder of nature, the first steps of independence, and the strength of parental love.

My Thoughts
As I first looked at Little One, I was struck by the cover illustration. The simplicity of the black and white illustration with the little bear looking up at mother bear is just too sweet. I was left with a feeling of calm and peace as I watched Big Bear teach Little bear how to fish, find berries, and explore. The story ends when it is time to rest for the winter in the den where the story began. 
The large, soft illustrations work very well with the simplistic text to convey this story of devotion and love. 
         Image from Peachtree Publishers.

I would read this story with children in preschool-grade 2. It would also make a nice text to share to discuss animal behaviors such as hibernation. 

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See what others have to say about this book:
Publishers Weekly-Starred review
Kirkus-Starred review

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