Big Bear's Big Boat

by Eve Bunting and Nancy Carpenter

"When Big Bear grew too big for his little boat, he gave it to Little Bear. Now he... read more

"When Big Bear grew too big for his little boat, he gave it to Little Bear. Now he was building a big boat for himself." When Big Bear's new boat is done, it's just what he wanted-exactly like his little boat, but bigger. Then Beaver says it needs a mast. Otter says it needs a top deck. Blue Heron says it needs a cabin. "Maybe you're right," Big Bear tells them each in turn. He builds a mast, a deck, and a cabin, and now the boat is all wrong. So he makes it right again, and when he puts the boat into the lake, there is Little Bear, with his boat, too. "How nice it is to be us, Big Bear thought. Two brown bears in two fine boats sailing on a blue, blue lake." Eve Bunting's understated story is full of charm and gentle affirmation. Nancy Carpenter's illustrations are equally warm and pleasing. (Ages 3-6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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