Nothing Can Frighten A Bear
Daddy Bear insists that nothing can frighten a bear – but when there’s a noise in the night, Baby Bear isn’t convinced. The bears set out to make sure there aren’t any monsters but, as they vanish one by one, it looks like Daddy Bear might not be so brave after all!
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“Dale’s rhymes bound along steadily, and her use of repetition, ellipses, and emphasized words builds light suspense: “So all the bears stopped—could a monster be near?/ But out of the darkness there trotted a… deer! Daddy Bear insists that “nothing can frighten a bear,” but the rest of the family is startled by the sudden appearances of animals, creating comic irony that even young readers will appreciate. Metcalf’s mixed-media cartoons effectively lighten the monster-driven plot. Her bears have vibrant brown fur, contrasting with the landscape’s cool blue and green tones, and her charcoal-like shading gives depth to the forest scenery… Dale keeps the mood funny and light, right up to the revelation of what startled Baby Bear to begin with.”
“Told in simple, whimsical rhyme, this charming read-aloud has appealing, colourful illustrations that capture the emotions of the bears on their late-night trek through the forest. Using subtle humour, the author tells a bedtime story of a loving family coming together to allay their children’s fears.’
– School Library Connection
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