A child’s favorite stuffed animal is a member of the family. This little girl and her bear are no different. The two are inseparable. Bear joins the girl for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every moment in between. So when the first day of school arrives and Bear can’t come along, the little girl is worried. At first, being in school feels hard, but as the day goes on, the girl finds ways to make herself feel better.
This reassuring story, which is accessible and kid-friendly, beautifully captures a child's use of coping skills to work through her separation anxiety. From Kerascoët, the creators of I Walk with Vanessa, comes a nearly wordless picture book tackling a theme that is sure to be familiar to many parents and their stuffed-animal-loving children.
"Foreshadowing the school-day separation to come, one of the child’s parents takes Bear to the washing machine, and the protagonist turns red with rage ('BEAR WITH ME!').... Though the child makes valiant efforts to keep 'Bear. with. me' while preparing to go to school, their parent insists that Bear stay home. Another tantrum doesn’t follow, however, as the child settles into classroom routines and keeps Bear 'with' them by dressing up like a bear, painting a picture of Bear, and so on before a happy reunion at home sure to delight anyone who’s ever missed a plush pal." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||3 - 5|
|Publication Date||Jun 13, 2023|
|Publisher||Random House Studio|