The Biggest Bear by Lynn Ward.
Houghton Mifflin: Boston, 1952.
Caldecott Medal 1953

This is one of the books my oldest son wanted read to him again and again. When I first read it, I wasn't crazy about it, but I grew to enjoy it also with successive readings. I don't know specifically what so appealed to him, but I see possibilities-the boy determined to shoot a bear like all the neighbors and instead bringing home a baby to raise, the idea of a huge animal for a young boy, the havoc the bear creates as it grows unbelievably fast, the wonderfully meaningful drawings. For such simple language, the book has so much to say. My guess is that it was the pictures he loved the most.
related-hunting, farm life, animals, bears, wild pets, zoo, humorous
RL=1st-2nd     read aloud to pre-K and K

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