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* The Book... *
Little Bear's Special Wish by Gillian Lobel is a lovely children's book with a cute and '''rather enchanting little story''' which is guaranteed to keep little ones quiet for a while! What really stands out with this little book however, is the gorgeous illustrations, particularly of the bear and the other animals that are portrayed as very cute, and very cuddly, in other words, perfect for little ones! The book is illustrated by Gaby Hansen.
The book itself is one of those kiddies' hard-backs that are very common, being made of a sort of stiff cardboard. It has sixteen pages in total, which might not sound like much, but given that it is aimed at younger kiddies and toddlers, I think that it's on a par with other books for this age group that are available.
I bought our copy of the book in a local bookshop that was closing down and paid only around £1 at the time. You can purchase the book online at sites such as Amazon. Prices as @ June 2012 are: from 1p plus postage costs for a used copy and from 14p plus postage for a new copy. There is also a paperback version of the book available.
* The Story... *
The story is basically about Little bear wanting to give his mummy a special present because it is her birthday. This plot struck me as making the book an ideal gift for mother's day, or for a mother's birthday perhaps as a present from daddy to mummy, as the theme was basically the same throughout.... Mummy bear is so wonderful and special that she deserved a very special present indeed.... Awww!
Little Bear goes in search of the perfect present with his friend, Lippity Rabbit. Whilst all of the illustrations in the book are very attractive, I personally found the illustrations of the little rabbit in particular, were really very cute and made the storybook very appealing.
Whilst little bear is struggling to think what he could possibly get Mummy bear as a gift, he gazes into the sky in that special little way that special little bears do, and suddenly the perfect idea is staring him in the face!! That's right; he wants to get mummy a star! (again... Awww!)
Now little bear has the worry of how to reach the star, and get it out of the sky so that he can get it to mummy on time... whatever will he do? He makes several attempts at climbing higher and higher, on hills and stones and the like, trying his best to reach up into the sky. He even ropes poor Lippity Rabbit into climbing on top of his shoulders to try and reach the star, and another friend, Very Small Frog tries to jump and leap up to the star, but all of these efforts are in vain.
Poor Little Bear is very upset that he cannot reach the star and when he starts to cry, his tears splash into a nearby puddle....But look! There is another star... in the puddle! And then Little Bear jumps up with excitement and has a brainwave! He knows what to do now!!....
* Our Opinion.. *
I bought this book for the communal toybox at my house, so it has been used on and off for several years now, first by my young cousins and now by my young nephew and nieces. Whilst several of the toys and books in the toybox have been replaced by newer and sometimes more exciting alternatives, The Little Bear book has always remained a fairly popular choice with our young visitors and it has remained in the toybox for several years now.
Whilst the story is probably slightly more appealing to the adult audience due to its sentimental nature and adorable storyline, the images and illustrations used in the book are so cute and endearing that the book really stands out amongst some of the other books in our collection.
I particularly like the way the star in the sky has been printed in a sort of foil material which makes it's silver colour stand out on the pages. This makes it easy for youngsters to spot and gives the illustrations a nice touch.
It's true to say that the book is a popular choice with our young visitors and I'd therefore definitely recommend it for little ones who enjoy sitting listening to stories; it's an old favourite in my house!