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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dog and Bear, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Roaring Brook, H B Fenn, 2009. $14.50 ages 3 and up


""Oh, my."
"Oh, no."
"Bear? Is that you?"
"Yes, Dog. I've got a bucket stuck on my head!"
"I can see that, Bear. Let me help you.""

In this third book, Three to Get Ready, Dog and Bear run into some new difficulties and admirable solutions. Their young fans will be excited to have them back and eager to read their three new tales. We know from the above quote what their first encounter is...Bear has a bucket stuck on his head and Dog wants to help. Nothing seems to work. But, Dog has an idea and voila, success. The result of his help is most entertaining. In "Oops", Dog takes to bouncing on the bed and imagining that he is any number of things that can fly...a bird, a plane, a spaceship. Bear is apprehensive and worries that Dog is in danger. Bear prepares for just such an event...to Dog's good fortune. Finally, Bear's need for organization takes hold and he cleans up all of Dog's toys, leaving Dog to search for his sock monkey in a variety of alphabetized places with no luck.

The friends are so expressive, and full of love for each other. Once again, they steal the show...just as they are meant to do. Their is little else to take our attention from their antics, and we are better for it. Well-designed panels move the action along and we are privy to all that happens in a small space in time. Wonderful!

I will eagerly await the next installment.

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