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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Fuzzy Wuzzy: Stories for the Early Years, Book 3 is a children's action and adventure picture book written by Theodore Jerome Cohen. Fuzzy Wuzzy is a bear; a baby bear who lives in a lair with his mom and siblings. The bear cubs love to play and wrestle, but all that activity makes small cubs hungry. Mom soon realizes it's time for her to go out and catch some fish for her hungry brood. Fuzzy wants her to let them come along with her, but Mom is aware of a wolf who's been dreaming of bear cub for dinner. She wants them to stay safely tucked away and quiet until she returns. Catching those fish is a time-consuming process, but Mom stays at her task until she has the fish she needs. Fuzzy, meanwhile, is growing restless. He wants to explore the world and play in the streams and meadows. He wants to climb trees. He's not afraid of wolves or danger. And so, Fuzzy leaves the lair, carrying a long stick as a lance, and sets out to explore his kingdom -- but he's not the only one out there.
Theodore Jerome Cohen's children's animal adventure picture book, Fuzzy Wuzzy: Stories for the Early Years, Book 3, is guaranteed to bring smiles to children and caregivers alike as they read the story of Fuzzy Wuzzy, couched in rhymes that are humorously reminiscent of the classic British children's nursery rhyme bearing that name. This cautionary tale is a gentle reminder for kids to listen to their parents, but the thrill of the adventure and inevitable happy ending make for an all-round fun story time selection. Cohen's illustrations are marvelous! They are cunningly selected to fit the story perfectly. My favorite would have to be the portrait of the wolf's face as he licks his lips in anticipation of a tasty snack. As with the first book in this series, Pepe Builds a Nest, Fuzzy Wuzzy educates as it entertains. Children get to see bears in their natural environment, learn about how they grow up, and come to realize that even baby bears are better off when they listen to their parents. Fuzzy Wuzzy: Stories for the Early Years, Book 3 is most highly recommended.