Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes 150 150 Reader Views Kids

Old Bear
Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow (2008)
ISBN 9780061552052
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4) and Max (age 2) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (8/08)


“Old Bear” is the story of a bear hibernating in the winter and dreaming that he is a cub again.  He dreams of sleeping in a giant crocus, clouds raining blueberries, and all of the leaves being butterflies.

Max:  “Bear sleeping.”

Cayden:  “He is hibernating because it is winter and that is what bears do when it snows.”

Max:  “Sleep in flower!”

Cayden:  “That is a real big flower if it can hold that bear!”

Cayden:  “Why is the sun made out of that flower?  And look at all of those butterflies!”

Max:  “Blueberries!”

Cayden:  “I would like it if it rained blueberries!  We like blueberries a lot!”

Cayden:  “Why is everything yellow, brown and orange?  I wouldn’t like it if that was how everything looked.”

Max:  “Stars!”

Cayden:  “They are all different colors in the sky!”

Cayden: “He woke up now and winter is done.”

Cayden:  “My favorite part was when it rained blueberries!”

Max:  “Me too!”

Parent’s comments:
“Old Bear” by Kevin Henkes is a creative book that encourages children to think outside of the box.  My boys had a great time imagining a world where all of the leaves were butterflies, and where it rained blueberries!  The illustrations in the book did an excellent job to complement the storyline and we really had a fun time being a part of “Old Bear’s” dream sequence!

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