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Love songs of the little bear
Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Love song of the little bear -- Green song -- Song of wind & rain -- Snow song.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 26081 Guided reading level: H.
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From the author of the beloved Goodnight Moon, here are four never-before-published poems illustrated with stunning gouache paintings by Susan Jeffers. Celebrating the profound in everyday moments, these poems combine to tell the tender tale of a well-loved little bear.

Author Notes

Margaret Wise Brown was born on May 10, 1910 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, to Robert Brown, a Vice President at American Manufacturing Company and Maud Brown, a housewife. She attended school in Lausanne, Switzerland for three years, before attending Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts for two years. In 1928, she began taking classes at Hollis College in Virginia.

In 1935, Brown began working at the Bank Street Cooperative School for student teachers. Two years later, her writing career took off with the publication of "When the Wind Blows." Over the course of fourteen years, Brown wrote over one hundred picture books for children. Some of her best known titles include Goodnight Moon, Big Red Barn and Runaway Bunny.

Margaret Wise Brown died on November 13, 1952 of an embolism following an operation in Nice, France.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. For this handsome collection, Jeffers selected several of Brown's previously unpublished poems and unites them with illustrations of a plump young bear and his family. In the title poem, Little Bear and his mother enjoy a sweet, warm outdoor day, reassuring each other, "It's a long time that I'll love you / Never, never go away." In the following poems, Little Bear dives into the garden's "deep green tangled deep," listens to the wind and rain, and ventures out into a dreamy winterscape. The sounds of the words carry the poems, with hypnotic rhythms and rhymes that will captivate preschoolers: "Snow snow / slow slow / In the soft fall of the snow." It's the illustrations that bring in the story, pairing images that capture the excitement of independent play and the deep reassurance of a loving family. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

This fitful collection of four previously unprinted poems by the author of Goodnight Moon proves that posthumous publication is risky business. The art, dynamically presented, has the tenderness of Jeffers's work in the McDuff series as well as the illustrator's well-developed sensitivity to nature. As Jeffers envisions the verses, a bear family explores four seasons of a world filled with fields of white daisies, streams with puddle ducks, flower-bedecked cottages and an especially picturesque snowfall. But even the beauty and sweetness of Jeffers's images, the warmth of the bear family and the varied perspectives Jeffers employs do not add enough luster to bolster the unpolished text. Little Bear's first "song," for example, includes these lines: "A little bear was singing/ In words that seemed to say/ It's a long time that/ I'll love you/ Never, never go away/ It's a long time that I'll love you/ And if I seem to stray/ It's only that I'm watching/ The flowers bloom in May." The language, unfortunately, lacks the rhythm, simplicity and long-lasting literary merit on which Brown's reputation is based. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Filled with warmth and wonder, these four previously unpublished poems take a bear cub through the seasons. In the first, the youngster is swept away by the splendors of spring. As he walks with his mother through blossom-filled meadows, he reassures her: "It's a long time that I'll love you/And if I seem to stray/It's only that I'm watching/The flowers bloom in May." In "Green Song," he takes a pail and shovel to explore a field of wildflowers where "-little things creep/In their green grass forests deep/Deep in their long-stemmed world." On a wet autumn day, the little bear ventures out with a bright yellow umbrella and listens to the rhythmic songs of the wind and the rain. The final selection, "Snow Song," has a calming, quiet pace that is well suited to the subject and makes a fitting end piece ("Snow snow/Slow slow/In the soft fall of the snow/The little boats go"). The poems use simple language, gentle repetition, familiar images, and appealing rhythms that will capture the attention and imaginations of young listeners. Varying from smaller vignettes to full- and double-page spreads, the gouache paintings tie the poems together nicely by creating a strong visual story line. The outdoor scenes are lush and inviting, and show each of the seasons at its best. Jeffers does a wonderful job of expressing the little bear's relationship with his mother and the excitement that he feels with each new experience. A delightful choice for group sharing or enjoying one-on-one.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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