Children's books and book reviews - reading resource for kids, teachers, librarians, parents

*Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats* by Il Sung Na
Also illustrated by Il Sung Na:

A Book of Babies

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons

A Book of Sleep [board book]

A Book of Sleep [hardcover edition]

The Thingamabob
Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats
by Il Sung Na
Ages 3-5 32 pages Knopf July 2015 Hardcover    

Bear is bored with his home in the forest. He’s slumped over a bush he’s flattened, hand on chin: “I will find a new home!”

He tries out various homes, but he quickly finds out he’s not suited for life in a nest, a mole hole, a mountain cliff, or underwater. Octopus isn’t ready to have him as a neighbor, either, as she squirts ink all over his face. And even though he looks like a polar bear, sort of, he can’t handle the cold (the snow was so cold under his paws).

The funniest paper collage illustration is the desert scene where bear tiptoes on all fours across the hot desert sand. The camels are trying hard not to giggle.

The rainforest spread is beautiful. Bear’s back is to us, and he’s using as a huge, droopy leaf as an umbrella. You can almost smell the rain just by seeing that page.

The book ends much as I thought it would: Bear goes back to his forest home because he realizes that it's “just where he wanted to be”.

This book teaches children why some animals are better suited for certain environments than others. If you look closely, Bear's bed is a berry bush. Different plants and animals help identify each landscape, and the illustrations seem to have colors from all the seasons.

When I read this for storytime, I asked the children what they liked best about their own home. Caregivers could also ask kids where else the bear could have looked for a home (i.e. He met Cat in her owner’s house, or a spider in her web).

click here to browse children's board book reviews
click here to browse children's picture book reviews
click here to browse young readers book reviews
click here to browse young readers book reviews
click here to browse young adult book reviews
click here to browse parenting book reviews
web reviews
  Tanya Boudreau/2015 for curled up with a good kid's book  

For grown-up fiction, nonfiction and speculative fiction book reviews,
visit our sister site Curled Up With a Good Book (