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Bear in love
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus
Easy Picture Book PINKWAT

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Pinkwater's (Beautiful Yetta) impulsive, happy-go-lucky bear keeps finding carrots on a flat rock outside his cave, left by some anonymous well-wisher. After days of this, the bear places honeycomb on the rock as a lure ("He wanted to see who had left him the nice things"), and pretty soon there's a full-scale war of random acts of kindness going on. In a nod to Pooh, Pinkwater's bear sings to himself quite often-"Someone must like me/ Someone is nice/ Very good, yum yum yum/ Someone is nice"-and much attention is paid to the deliciousness of each treat. Hillen-brand's (Kite Day) cheery mixed-media spreads draw little attention to themselves, and there isn't a hint of menace or darkness. Only the pacing seems off: by the time the mystery is solved (spoiler: it's a rabbit) the story is over, although it's clear that the relationship is just beginning. Yet Pinkwater's talent for creating loveable characters and his unalloyed sense of goodness make it work. Ages 2-6. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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