Written and illustrated by Jo Weaver
Peachtree Publishers (2016) Ages 3-5
Weaver uses lots of adjectives throughout the story, such as gentle, restless, blustery. and long. This story is written with gentle words. It is a calming book to read. Examples of this are-"She led her cub to the forest, where the new life was stirring among the trees." and "Together they explored far and wide."
This book has beautiful black and white pastel and graphite pictures. The illustration that stood out to me the most for this books was of Big Bear and Little One in a grassy area and Little One is on top of Big Bear looking at and smelling the bees. This picture really helps to define the illustrations of the book.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone. The illustrations are amazing and this is a great book to teach kids about what a bear goes through when spring is here and what they do before winter comes. The story is mean for early childhood students, ages 3-5.
Review by Brooke M.