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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Rabbit was scared of many things. He was afraid when he heard thunder over his burrow, he scurried under his bed when things went BUMP in the night, he was terrified of creepy crawly spiders, and he was frightened of gigantic bears. He thought bears were scary with their pointy teeth and long, sharp claws and he kept chanting that when he went to fetch water for his carrot stew. He was almost at the river when a gigantic bear appeared in front of him. Rabbit thought he had walked into one of the Bear's snares and was hanging upside down. The Bear wanted to help him down. He climbed the tree and sliced the rope with his claws. Would the Bear eat the Rabbit or would they become friends?
No Bears Allowed by Lydia Lukidis is a delightful and whimsical story about conquering fears and making wrong assumptions. Tara J. Hanno's illustrations bring the story alive and capture the moments between the Bear and the Rabbit beautifully. The illustrations make the story and the characters vivid and tangible to readers. It is an adorable bedtime storybook for parents and grandparents to read aloud to their kids. Tutors can use it in classrooms for storytelling sessions and they will find it easy to convey the messages in the book to youngsters and help them conquer their fears. It is a story of courage and friendship put across in a charming way. It is definitely an endearing storybook with a meaningful message for young readers.