Stella Blackstone's lilting, almost melodic rhyming text and Debbie Harter's curlicued
illustrations adorning each page with whimsy in watercolor, pen and ink, and crayon make Bear in Sunshine a fabulous board book introduction to the seasons - and to the adventures and fun to be had no matter the weather.
The eponymous brown bear of cuddly, comfortingly oversized polar-bear proportions rollicks along to the turn of the seasons' cycle - playing with a toy sailboat in a lively stream when the sun shines, singing in the rain, flying a kite on windy days, skating when it's icy, painting in the mist,
A four-panel, two-page spread at the end of the book shows
Bear at play in each labeled season. Each depicts the same
background - a hill topped by a small tree - cloaked in the
showers of spring, drenched in summer sun, amid fall's
blowing leaves, and blanketed by winter snows. Small
children will warm immediately to Bear and his
weather-appropriate gamboling, and parents will enjoy equally
narrating his romps.