Normally I wouldn't have paid much attention to this cute little story about a game of hide and seek. Here's why I point it out to customers: a) the story specifically refers to three animals as "she" even as b) the illustrations are 100% ungendered.
This makes this book unique in my experience. What -- female animals exist? But no pink, no bows, no lipstick, no long eyelashes?? Just a bunch of (anthropomorphized) animals playing together? Yes, please!
Where is Bear is high-quality in every aspect, even its binding and materials. The rhyming story is simple and appealing to young children. And the illustrations are really great.
The animals in the forest are playing hide-and-seek...but there's one animal that can't be found. Where oh where has Bear gone?
The animals in the forest are playing hide-and-seek, and everyone is found—except for the biggest creature of all! Where, oh where, could Bear have gone? One thing is certain: his loyal friends will do whatever it takes to find him. Join the search for Bear in this sweet padded board book!
About the Author
LESLÉA NEWMAN has written many books both for children and adults, including Where Is Bear?, Cats! Cats! Cats! and Hachiko Waits. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
VALERI GORBACHEV has illustrated more than forty books for children, including his own Big Little Elephant and Skunk’s Spring Surprise by Lesléa Newman. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.