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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Bear is a big black bear. He has a favorite tree under which he likes to rest. When he wakes up, he hears the birds sing in the trees and he likes to eat berries to fill his tummy. He goes swimming until it gets too cold and the water starts to get rough. There’s a storm brewing and the wind is picking up. So Bear plays with paws full of grass that he watches twirl in the wind that brings a fierce storm. As it rains, Bear likes to twirl around and dance, until he’s tired and wet. Then he goes in search of his favorite tree, the one with the protruding root that serves as his pillow. Only it’s flooded from all of the rain. Can he find another favorite tree?
Karl Steam’s picture book story, Bear Woke Up, is a delightful story that introduces young children to the natural habitat of the black bear. The language used in the story is very simple, suitable for a young child, early reader. The illustrations really carry this story along. The images are bold in color and design and fascinating to look at. There is so much detail in these simple images; it will attract the young child’s attention right away. A young child will also certainly relate with Bear, feeling the urge themselves to eat and play when they wake up, and the need to find shelter when the weather turns nasty. This is a wonderful story, very educational and entertaining. Beautifully illustrated.