Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Bear's Winter Party

Publish February 2, 2017

In Bear’s Winter Party, by Vancouver writer Deborah Hodge, a lonely animal yearns for a friend.  Bear enjoys his life full of wild berries, fresh air and mountain views, but it is a solitary existence.  With his furry physique, long claws and sharp teeth, Bear cuts an imposing figure, and the other forest dwellers give him a wide berth.  Bear’s heart sinks when he overhears the animals talking about him with fear in their voices.  Taking matters into his own big, burly paws, he decides to host a seasonal soiree.  After delivering invitations, decorating his home and preparing tasty treats, Bear worries that no one will show up.   Deer, Beaver, Fox, Hare and Squirrel tentatively make their way to Bear’s lair, but it is brave little Chickadee who is the first to enter. It doesn’t take long for the party to get started, and everyone gets to know each other over shared plates of cookies and sing-alongs.  When the party ends, Bear nestles down for a long winter’s nap, content in knowing he has realized his dream of friendship. Lisa Cinar’s expansive watercolour illustrations are full of bold, thick brush strokes and arresting colour combinations like cool blues and lemon yellows. In Bear’s neat-as-a-pin, cozy kitchen, a tea kettle whistles in the background while bear-shaped cookies cool on trays.  A recipe for Bear’s Honey-Ginger Cookies is included that is perfectly made for sharing – as is this sweet tale.

Bear's Winter Party

Deborah Hodge
Illustration EN: Lisa Cinar
Groundwood Books
ISBN 13: 978-1-55498-853-2

Linda Ludke
Linda Ludke

Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library.  Her reviews have appeared in Quill and QuireSchool Library Journal and CM:  Canadian Review of Materials.  When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.

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