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You're a Bear

by Mavis Jukes
Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2003
32 pages
ISBN: 0–375–80267–3

Ages 3-6

A young girl spends an evening pretending to be a bear in this story with rich, lyrical language. The wonderful illustrations feature two visual narratives: the child’s imaginative play, which she sustains as she interacts with her family, eats dinner, takes a bath, and gets ready for and goes to bed; and spot illustrations of a bear, whose behavior echoes the child’s play. The story puts young listeners in the moment with the fictional child, using present-tense verbs to create a sense of immediacy. Shifting rhythms, rhyme, alliteration, and marvelous word choice create a playful and enchanting narrative. This book will have special resonance for some: the young girl’s heritage is Asian, while her family is white. CCBC Categories: Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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