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Monday, March 17, 2014

Marvelous Monday

Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins is a charming informational text.  We find bear in April and follow her through the year.  The text, although real information has a wonderful lyrical quality to it's rhyme. Steve Jenkins cut-paper magic makes this title flow just right.
The artist used cut-and-torn paper collage to create the illustrations for this book. The bears are made with Amate, a handmade Mexican bark paper created from the bark of ficus (fig) trees.
I love the repetition of the words dig in, dig down, and paw and claw. There are new things for the bear to do and eat but these repetitions keep it going.  This collaboration of Sayre and Jenkins is another fabulous feast of learning and enlightenment.  I didn't know bears ate so many different kinds of things.
There's an author note and more detailed information in the back of the book.  
I'll use this book in preschool Storytime and with students up to fourth grade.  I think even older children will find this book amazing.

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