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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
In Tela Kayne’s LaLa and the Unfair Bear, the third book in the LaLa’s World series, LaLa loves her teddy bear, Beary, and she is very excited that her friend Dennis is coming over to play, and he’s even bringing his own teddy bear, so Beary will have someone to play with. However, when Dennis comes over with his teddy bear, LaLa begins to feel a little upset. His bear, Cubby, is a giant! She soon realizes that Dennis and Cubby can do a lot of things that she and Beary can’t do. She doesn’t think that’s fair. But with the help of her mom, instead of focusing on being envious, she learns to be grateful for what she has instead of what she doesn’t have.
What I love most about Tela Kayne’s LaLa and the Unfair Bear is the lesson it teaches. So many of us, not just kids but adults as well, focus on what others have, what we want but can’t have, that we forget to be thankful for all of the amazing things we do have in our lives. Instead of being envious of our friends, family, and neighbors, let’s look around our homes and our loved ones and just be grateful. This lesson is taught beautifully in this children’s book with a relatable story for kids and colorful, vibrant illustrations that immediately caught my eye. My daughter and I have read tons of picture books over the years, and not a lot of them teach a life lesson, so I really appreciate books like this. I would definitely read this to my kid and my students. So, I must say Thank You to Tela Kayne for writing LaLa and the Unfair Bear. What a bright and refreshing story!