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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Bear with Bear by Hagit R. Oron is the story of Bear, a nine-year-old boy who wants to have a critter as a pet. He dreams of having a pet maggot or a pet snake and gets into trouble at home and school for his choice of pets. His sister, Penelope, cringed at the thought of crawlies and insects and she had nightmares every night, dreaming about hairy spiders and creepy cockroaches under her bed, and mighty tigers and monstrous lions in her closet. Their parents decide to get a cat as a pet for Penelope so that it will keep her company at night. Bear decides to teach Kitty the cat wild things, like scratching, biting, hopping and roaring, and Kitty practices all her new skills on Penelope. They decide to get a dog after returning the cat to the animal shelter. Will they keep Hero with them or give him back to the animal shelter?
The story is original and the characters are real, relatable, and memorable to readers. Children will connect well with Bear and his sister, Penelope. The illustrations are colorful and charming and they give a good pace and movement to the story. It’s a storybook for all animal lovers and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Parents and grandparents can use it for bedtime story telling as the story speaks about respecting your pet. Children will also think more about subjects related to pets. The book highlights the interaction between a parent and a child and speaks about rules, behaviors, and parental concerns in a way that can be understood by the child reader.