Little Bear’s Little Boat
Little Bear's Little Boat
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Eve Bunting, illus. by Nancy Carpenter
ISBN 9780547719030
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
4 ½ stars
Keywords: bears boats eve-bunting family generosity growing-up little-little-boat sharing transition

Little Bear’s Little Boat
by Eve Bunting, illus. by Nancy Carpenter

In Eve Bunting’s reassuring tale, a bear cub accepts that he is growing too big for his favorite boat where he rowed, fished and dreamed. He loved his little boat. “It is a little bear’s destiny to grow and grow till he is a big bear,” his mother tells him. “It is a little boat’s destiny to stay the same size." Nancy Carpenter’s warm illustrations in soft blues, greens and yellows chart the brown bear’s lazy days on the lake and his steady growth both physically and emotionally. Little Bear figures out a course of action that honors his boat and what it has meant to him. This gentle book opens the way to a thoughtful conversation about what it means to outgrow favorite things or experiences. 

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