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Author: Katy Hudson

Illustrator: Katy Hudson

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: Bear doesn't want to be a bear anymore. His fur is too hot and he doesn't want to hibernate. Worst of all, bees are always stinging him! What can he do? Bear comes up with a plan: he will be a duck! Ducks get to swim, fly, and quack. Duck gives bear duck lessons, but being a duck is more tricky than Bear had imagined. This picture book offers kids a story about friendship and being yourself.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids picked this book from our selection pile and asked to read it a couple of times. They liked the story, especially the section where Bear takes duck lessons.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute and gentle book. The illustrations are adorable and the narrative is sweet. Also, the message "we are perfect as we are" is lovely.

Pros: Hug this book! Inside you'll find a sweet story and great illustrations. Don't be surprised by the cute characters and a nice message.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. My kids and I really enjoyed this book, but I don't know that they would read it again and again. It would make a nice gift.


Educational Themes: Self-acceptance and confidence are a large part of the message. The relationship between Duck and Bear also shows how friends help each other.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, friendship, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2015

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