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The bear's sea escape
Chaud, Benjamin., author, illustrator.
Uniform Title:
Coquillages et petit ours. English
Publication Information:
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 37 cm
Still looking for a place to hibernate, Papa Bear follows Baby Bear to a cruise ship, and winds up on a tropical island.
General Note:
Originally published as: Coquillages et petit ours. Paris : Hélium, 2012.
Reading Level:
AD 970 Lexile.
Format :


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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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More adventures await The Bear's Song's Little Bear and Papa Bear. When the bears seek warmth from their chilly perch atop the Paris Opera House, Little Bear is mistaken for a toy bear and whisked away . . . to a tropical island Papa Bear sets out on a frenzied journey to find Little Bear, traveling to a bustling wharf, beneath a sea brimming with coral and mermaids, onto a busy beach, and all the way to a sun-drenched island. As in The Bear's Song, Little Bear is featured in every spread. Will Papa Bear--and the reader--find him? Children and parents alike will savor Chaud's lush, detail-rich illustrations and the sweet story as well as the book's bonus seek-and-find elements.

Author Notes

Benjamin Chaud is the author and illustrator ofThe Bear's Song andI Didn't Do My Homework Because. . . . He lives in the southeast of France.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* After spending a chilly night on the snowy roof of the opera house (presumably after his lauded performance in Bear's Song, 2013), Papa Bear decides that this is no place for a nice long nap, so he and Baby Bear look for a cozier spot and wind up among soft and furry stuffed animals in a bustling department store. But adorable Baby Bear is so cute that a little boy decides to take him home, and Papa Bear is off on yet another adventure chasing after his little cub. Through streets crowded with cars and a train station buzzing with passengers, Papa Bear (on a sporty yellow scooter) follows Baby Bear all the way to the pier, and the search continues on a tony cruise ship en route to a tropical island. On pages bursting with bright and colorful coral reefs, lounging sunbathers, and costumed conga line dancers, the hunt is on not just for cub-seeking Papa Bear but also for tykes who love to spot the out-of-place ursines on each page swarming with silly details. In delightfully crowded, oversize spreads that jostle with activity and eye-catching colors, Chaud offers another absorbing and cheerful visual feast.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Chaud reprises the formula of his acclaimed The Bear's Song with Papa Bear searching high and low for Little Bear, who's gone astray. After the bears try to hibernate at a busy shopping emporium, Little Bear and a new human friend make their way to a train and a ship, with Papa in pursuit. Readers can search along with him, trying to spot the bears amid the delightful bustle of city streets, crowded beaches, and a multipage conga line. It's like a wonderfully Gallic cousin to Where's Waldo?, and don't think that Chaud doesn't know it-there's a familiar-looking fellow in a striped hat and glasses tucked away in a crowded traffic scene. Ages 3-5. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Just when Papa Bear thinks he can finally take his winter nap, Baby Bear is suddenly snatched away and Papa must embark on a daring chase to recover him. The story picks up where where The Bear's Song (Chronicle, 2013) left off. The journey takes them from bustling Paris to an underwater world and finally to an island paradise. The familiar narrative arc begins with an unexpected mistake, and the excitement continues to build until the end of the chase, where Papa and Baby are reunited in a satisfying conclusion. Although the story feels far-fetched compared to the previous book, its fans will surely love the main attraction here-the enchanting full-page artwork in an oversized format. Chaud's vibrant spreads are full of fanciful details and visual narratives for youngsters to explore. Particularly striking are the views of the underwater world, with realistic reefs and fish rendered in bold, saturated hues and the occasional addition of magical elements, such as mermaids. The author employs a painterly palette of vivid colors that are particularly well produced on high-quality printed pages. Chaud has established a recognizable visual style all his own, yet the wavy motion of the landscape and sketchy quality of the figures call to mind the work of Dr. Seuss. The unobtrusive text below the pictures will serve as an excellent read-aloud for storytime. Overall, the book is engaging, and the artwork makes it even more of a gem.-Tara Kron, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.