The Bear in the Blue Bow Tie

Children - Animals
29 Pages
Reviewed on 06/07/2022
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Author Biography

The Bear in the Blue Bow Tie was inspired by classic children's literature and is very much in the style of A. A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh) and Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows). The Bear in the Blue Bow Tie is intended to be read aloud to young children. It builds upon the natural and organic way in which children acquire fluency in language by presenting new words and sentence structures in a recognizable context. The Bear in the Blue Bow Tie unites the enchanting elements of story with the artful use of language. It engages a child's natural capacity to grasp the meaning of things through context and experience, while sparking his or her imagination.

Kristina Schoettle is a homeschooling mother and the author of several children's books. She resides in Indiana with her husband and seven children. Elizabeth Welch has been teaching English, Literature, Speech, Voice and Music to children, grades 1-8, for 16 years.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

The team effort of Kristina Schoettle, Elizabeth Welch, Stephen Welch, and Dominic Schoettle knocked the ball out of the park with The Bear in The Blue Bowtie. This children’s book is full of humor and rhymes. The writers are Kristina and Elizabeth, with illustrations by Dominic and Stephen. I have seen many children’s books with contrived rhymes, but this book uses natural rhyming that flows from the tip of the pen. There are no twisted ways of pronouncing words to make them rhyme. Talk about politeness! I wish people would be as polite as the bear in the blue bowtie. You can tell he had a proper upbringing. This is an excellent book for teaching etiquette and manners to your children. It is so delightful that I read it twice.

Manners and proper etiquette are woefully lacking in society today. As a result, interactions tend to be abrupt and rude. Modern inventions have given us more and more free time, yet communities live at a much faster pace than before. In The Bear in The Blue Bowtie, children are encouraged to socialize at a slow, leisurely pace. Amazing friendships can develop when one takes the time to relax and learn about each other. You cannot get more different than a child, a mannerly bear, and a bird, yet these three develop a friendship and share. Kristina Schoettle, Elizabeth Welch, Stephen Welch, and Dominic Schoettle are an excellent writing and illustrating team. Your child will love the rhymes as well as the illustrations. The bear is huggable, while the story is delightful. If I had grandchildren, this book would be found in their room and on their reading list.

Lavelle Carlson

When I first saw the book I thought, "Well, maybe that is cute and different. Who would imagine a bear wearing a bow tie. After all, do children today even know what a bow tie is? As I read the book to my grandson I found that it was beyond delightful and educational. First of all, the reaction from the cover was a bear sitting in a chair. How unusual is that, not fearful at all. As I read the story I found it very relaxing to both of us with the easy rhyming words caressing us. This is one of the best stories to read to children from two aspects - educational and social. As a retired speech/language pathologist I see how the rhyming words facilitate reading and language. The social aspect is perhaps the most important at this point. It presents in such a gentle way the example of kindness and sharing.

Brian Wilson author of Inner Pixel

I really enjoyed title page telling us the inspiration for the book. It is such a great honor for someone to instill in a person something it makes them want to share with the world. The original art style was enjoyable and I loved the clean layout of the rhyme always on the left with the imagery on the right. A child having a sweet moment with a bear is a great classic story and if the author wanted to create product around the story there is a wonderful opportunity to do so. Thank you for bringing this story to the world.