Honey

by David Ezra Stein

Bear wakes up after his big sleep. Now in his second year, he remembers honey: “Warm,... read more

Bear wakes up after his big sleep. Now in his second year, he remembers honey: “Warm, golden, sweet … spicy, aromatic, sparking with sunlight…” But when he goes in search of honey, he’s disappointed to discover spring is too soon to find it. Soon he’s distracted by other good things: the splatter of rain on his back, the feel of cool river water on his muzzle, the sight of fat clouds in the sky. Eventually, the sight of a bee reminds him: Honey! And it’s finally time. Easygoing, endearing Bear lives fully in each moment. His disappointment, while genuine, is always followed by something wonderful he takes notice of. Terrific word choice contributes to fine pacing that slows down and speeds up depending on Bear’s emotions. Warm, sprightly illustrations done primarily in watercolor are framed in soft black lines and surrounded by white space contributing to the friendly feel of the story. Honor Book, 2019 Charlotte Zolotow Award (Ages 2–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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