Jason's Bears by Marion Dane Bauer. il Kevin Hawkes.
Hyperion Books for Children: NY, 2000.

Jason's Bears is about a young boy's love of all things bear related. Until his older brother convinces him there are 4 bears which enjoy eating young boys living at their residence. He tries to stop thinking about bears, but one day his brother teasingly gives him a gingerbread bear. It is Jason's first step towards overcoming his fear and renewing his love of bears.

The story is nicely done. First, for its collecting of animals that so many people like to do. Then, for its original idea of dispelling a common childhood fear.

The illustrations have the usual action and colors, bright and contrasting, that Hawkes uses. They are full of emotion and suit the story perfectly. Love the details, such as the blanket with paw prints! As usual, there are a couple that would be great framed as prints, too.

related-bears, childhood fears, brothers, teasing
RL=1st-3rd, mostly read aloud to toddler-1st

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