~Review~ A Bear’s Year by Kathy Duval


bearyear  Title: A Bear’s Year
 Author: Kathy Duval
Gerry Turley

Schwartz & Wade 

 Source: Edelweiss
 Format: EBook, ~32 pages

In this gorgeous, lyrical celebration about the passing of seasons, readers will follow a mother bear and her cubs through the course of a year. 
Deep in her den under a snowflake blanket, Mama snuggles her newborn babies. When spring arrives, the bears awaken and emerge from their lair, and as the weather warms to summer, Mama teaches her young ones to fish, gather berries, and dig for roots. Then, in fall, the leaves turn gold, food grows scarce, and the family prepares for hibernation and the coming winter. 

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Review: A short, sweet, tale of a mama bear and a year with her cubs.

This feels more like an illustrated poem than most picture books do for me. And in a way, felt very haiku like without actually fitting in the standard style. But the elements are there, with vivid imagery of nature, and simple but lovely turn of phrases, still telling a story with each ‘stanza’. The story overall is very simple, but in a good way, and left me smiling a little wistful by the end.

I thought the artwork was interesting, and stylistic, matching the almost simpleness of the words. The scribbled style of the fur for the bears work for me, though I think anywhere else I’d be a little annoyed by it. I do love how detailed in ways the backgrounds are, and how many other animals are featured on each of the pages. Definitely will keep the kidlets entertained as they’re being read to!

I’d like to thank the publisher via Edelweiss for allowing me a digital ARC of this.

Cover: The cover is lovely and to the point. It draws you in pretty much to where the story begins. And despite the cool colors of winter, it feels warming in its way. 

Rating:Five Stars

Check it out on GoodReads Here!


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