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Mimi and Bear in the snow
Trasler, Janee, author, illustrator.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Bear is Mimi's constant companion until one busy day, when Bear is not there.
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Wherever Mimi goes, Bear is sure to be there--whether she is ice-skating, having fancy tea with the queen, or making a scary snow monster. But when Bear gets lost, poor Mimi is heartbroken. Luckily, the snow melts and Mimi and Bear are reunited.

Janee Trasler's spare text and utterly adorable artwork will resonate with anyone who has ever lost a beloved toy.

Author Notes

Janee Trasler has written and/or illustrated many picture books for children. She lives in Grapevine, Texas, with her husband, two dogs, two guinea pigs, and a pile of puppets.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Mimi and her best buddy, her teddy bear Bear, do everything together, including making the most of a cold winter day: ice-skating, hosting an alfresco tea party, and building a snow beast. But when it's time to go indoors, Bear is missing, and he stays missing all night. When the next day turns warm and sunny, Mimi discovers that other things have disappeared as well there's no more ice-skating pond or snow. However, the melting snow reveals a soggy Bear, who once again becomes Mimi's inseparable companion. The story is told in simple sentences framed around a repeating refrain, Bear was there (until, of course, he wasn't). Mimi is a cuddly, round, bundled up bunny, and her fuzzy, cartoonish appearance will soften any missing-toy angst, as will the reassuring visual clue indicating Bear's actual location, which foreshadows the happy ending. Fans of Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny series or Robie H. Harris' Maybe a Bear Ate It! (2008) will endear to this gentle story of a lost toy found.--McBroom, Kathleen Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's snowing, and Mimi, a girl rabbit in a woolly cap, embarks on a series of pretend-play adventures in the company of her stuffed blue bear. "When Mimi won the gold medal for best ice-skating, Bear was there," writes Trasler (the Chickees series), as Mimi confidently glides across a tiny frozen pond while the toy sits attentively on a tree stump. But when Mimi is called inside, she realizes something is wrong, and the book's refrain changes from "Bear was there" to "Bear was not there." Will Mimi ever see Bear again? Since readers can see where Bear has been left, there's little doubt that this separation is only temporary, but that doesn't make Mimi and her situation any less sympathetic. Trasler skillfully characterizes Mimi as understandably anxious but also resolutely independent, and the story's wrap-up also underscores Mimi's ability to solve problems on her own. The softly textured, substantial shapes of Trasler's illustrations reinforce the subtle emotional narrative-just like Mimi, the pictures have a plainspoken eloquence and an intriguing dimensionality. Ages 1-4. Agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Mimi, a rabbit, spends all day playing in the snow with her toy bear. When it is time to go inside, Bear is nowhere to be found. Sad and lonely, Mimi goes in without him. When she awakes, she is determined to find her faithful friend. As she ventures outside, she realizes that the snow has disappeared; fortunately, Bear has not. Children will relate to this special friendship. Mimi's face depicts various expressions young children will be able to understand. Background illustrations are done in muted colors to represent the landscape and cold weather. Mimi and her beloved bear, however, are depicted in vibrant colors, making them stand out on the page. A sweet, charming story that young children will enjoy.-Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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