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Don't Worry Bear

by Greg Foley

Published by Viking, 2008
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0670062454

Ages 3-6

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When Bear observes Caterpillar constructing a cocoon, he wonders what it means. Caterpillar tells Bear that he’ll need to stay inside for a while, but he promises to return. A born worrier, Bear isn’t so sure. He makes repeated visits to Caterpillar’s cocoon, to check that he’s not bothered by the wind and rain, the winter snow, and the dark of night. Each time Caterpillar reassures Bear that he’s fine, and tells his friend not to worry. But when Bear discovers the empty cocoon, “he started worrying all over again.” His fears are laid to rest when a newly emerged silk moth alights on Bear’s paw to speak the familiar words of a friend: “Don’t worry, Bear,” […] “I’m right here!” The story’s gentle message is matched by simple illustrations of Bear and Caterpillar on uncluttered backdrops of muted earth tones. (MVL) ©2008 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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