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Doing It Together
You and Me, Little Bear - Martin Waddell
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You and Me, Little Bear - Martin Waddell
Advantages: Shows how much fun helping out can be.
Martin Waddell has written quite a few books over the years including this immensely popular series of Little Bear stories. He has won many awards for his fantastic storybooks including a Smarties Award for Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear.
Barbara Firth is the illustrator for this book. She is a big part of making this series so successful with her lovely realistic drawings of animals.
The story begins,
“Once there were two bears,
Big Bear and Little Bear.
Big Bear is the big bear
and Little Bear is the little bear.
Little Bear wanted to play, but
Big Bear had things to do.”
As we turn the pages we see that Big Bear has lots of jobs to do, including getting wood for the fire, collecting water and cleaning up the house. Luckily Little Bear is there to help and working together they get the jobs done.
There is still a lot of clearing up to do so Big Bear suggests that Little Bear goes to play by himself for a while. This is just what he does and has lots of fun playing different bear games.
When he returns he finds that Big Bear is fast asleep after sitting down for a couple of minutes rest. As all Little Bears do, he wakens Big Bear up and they decide that it’s time to play together again. At the end of the day and the end of the book, Big Bear and Little Bear return home.
“‘We’ve been busy today, Little Bear!’ said Big Bear.
‘It was lovely, Big Bear,’ Little Bear said. ‘Just you and me playing…
The drawings in this book are lovely to look at. The bears are drawn with remarkable clarity and although they do things that real bears obviously don’t do in the wild, they still look very realistic when they are playing and jumping around. The other background details are also drawn beautifully.
This is actually the first Little Bear book that we’ve had from the library and although I’ve read many reviews on other books in the series, I haven’t actually seen one up close before, which is surprising considering the amount of children’s books that my family have kept me busy with over the years.
This book shows a lovely bond between the two bears and it is a reminder to many parents that children love to help with tasks around the house, just because it is a way of sharing in their time. It also shows children that sometimes, Big Bears have to get on with some jobs by themselves too and that the best way to help is by playing nicely on their own.
Although Big Bear is tired out after a hard day’s cleaning, there is little hesitation when deciding to play games at the end of it with Little Bear. This reminds me of when my son’s father comes in from work tired out and he is instantly bombarded by tales of what has happened during the day and questions about what they can play with before bedtime.
All this makes for a very realistic book that any child (and parent) will be able to relate to. It is a simple story of how sharing chores can be almost as much fun as sharing games and shows that it is the quality time spent together that is most important.
In the busy world we live in, it’s easy to feel too tired to be bothered with this bonding time but it’s worth remembering that often the parent can have just as much fun as the child and that children desperately need this special time, as this book shows in such a lovely way.
***Other Little Bear Stories***
Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?
Let’s Go Home, Little Bear
Sleep Tight, Little Bear
Well Done, Little Bear
***Price & Availability***
The paperback version of this book sells for £5.99 but is available from Tesco for only £4.49. It is also available in hardback form for £8.99 but again Tesco comes in with the cheaper price of £6.74.
Paperback ISBN No. 1844284948
Hardback ISBN No. 1854305237
Summary: It's always nicer to do things with a loved one.