Continuing our mini-trend of children and beloved toys, this is a sweet and quiet book about a girl who finds a worse-for-wear bear at a tag sale. She purchases him (with some help from dad), repairs him (with some help from mom), bathes him, and loves him. When my oldest was a toddler, this was his very favorite book for a long, long time. I read it to him over and over and over again. Now he barely seems to remember it (and his little brother has not taken much of an interest in it). But I suspect this book will live with us forever.
Author: Sylvie Wickstrom
Illustrator: Sylvie Wickstrom
When the boys were around 2 years old, this was one of our most popular books. We read (sang) this over and over and over and over again. Watching the people on Sylvie Kantorovitz Wickstrom’s bus go all through the (beautiful French) town was fun, even the 7th time in a row.
Sometimes we read the Paul O. Zelinsky version for a bit of variety and to enjoy the paper engineering. And the boys enjoy the video Scholastic made from the Zelinsky version. (Who knew Kevin Bacon could sing?) But it is the Wickstrom version that my youngest “read” to daddy tonight.
Illustrator: Sylvie Kantorovitz Wickstrom