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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bearly Learning about Water by Mary Esparza-Vela, Art by Alexander Morris


Bearly Learning about Water, by Mary Esparza-Vela, with art by Alexander Morris, is a story common to siblings.  One bear cub wants to do one thing and the other cub doesn’t want to.  Molly takes the lead wanting to teach her brother Fritz to fish.  However, he doesn’t like water.  She makes him wait while she enjoys splashing in the river.  She knows they need to eat, so she takes him berry picking and honey grubbing, in spite of his whining.  If Molly could just get Fritz into the water, and teach him to fish, then their food problem would be solved. 

After gorging themselves on berries and honey, Molly plays with a squirrel for a while as Fritz naps; then she naps, too.  He wakes up while she’s still napping and wants more food.  He sees a cottage where he hopes to get more food.  Instead of food, he finds a tub of bath water when he climbs in an open window.  He carefully tests the water and, lo and behold, he likes it.  Molly finds Fritz singing loudly and playing in the water, so she has to wait for him.  Now that he likes water, her plan to teach him to fish can be realized.

Will Fritz get into trouble (like Goldilocks) for using someone’s bath water?  We don’t know, but this story gives parents and teachers an opportunity to talk about how they feel about trying new things, getting along with siblings, problem solving, and also what trouble they might get into if they sneak into someone’s house or use someone’s things uninvited.

The artwork by Alexander Morris is fun and colorful.  The cubs are in pastel colors:  Molly is pink and Fritz is blue.  Kids will easily relate to the cute cartoons, as they follow a day in the life of two bear cubs learning to forage for themselves.  If Fritz continues to whine and get into trouble, Molly will have her hands full helping him learn to be self-sufficient!
 

Available from: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com

12 comments:

  1. Too cute! Good luck on this bit of confection, and thanks to you, Penelope, for showcasing it.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy, for visiting and commenting. Always welcome!

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  2. Sounds like a very cute book, with lessons to be learned.

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    1. Thanks, Susan, for your comments. I never tire of lessons learned stories.

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  3. The super kid friendly cover got my interest. And the story seems fun as well as educational. What more could you ash for in a PB? Looks great to me, mates. Congrats to Mary, and thanks Penelope for your usual terrific review.

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    1. Thanks Margot, I appreciate your comments and support.

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    1. Hi Jan, thanks for visiting and for your supportive comments.

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  5. How cute! I think Fritz does more than barely learn the things Molly wants him to know.
    Congratulations, Mary.
    Thanks, Penelope.

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  6. Hi Barbara, thanks for your comments. I guess boys will be boys!

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  7. My daughter is currently fascinated with bears--well, at least at making bear sounds. :) Sounds like a cute book. I like the colors. :)

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  8. Thanks, Margo, for your comments. Hmmm, bear sounds? Yes, Kids love pastel colors. Reminds me of blue Care Bears. Thanks again.

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