Wednesday, 10 September 2014

I Can Do It! By Tracey Corderoy and Caroline Pedler

 18701072
Baby Bear had a new rucksack. It was brilliant, but the big green button was tricky for little paws!
All morning, Baby Bear tried and tried to open and close it.
"Mummy! Look!" he cried at last. "I can do it!"
Summary From Little Tiger Press
If your toddler thinks they can do just about anything, then you’ll love the third Baby Bear book from the talented author and illustrator team, Tracey Corderoy and Caroline Pedler. Determined little fingers will love touching the soft, fuzzy textures, while bold, simple illustrations and a gorgeously warm story will help small children learn why it’s ok to accept a little help from Mummy sometimes. It’s a big day for Baby Bear. He can now do up buttons all by himself – even the tricky one on his new rucksack! He is so happy. But now Baby Bear wants to do everything himself...
*****
This is a well-illustrated, colourful book about endearing Baby Bear, a typical toddler, and his determination to do things for himself. It imparts an important message for young children – that perseverance and having a go pay off, but that it's okay to ask for help with the things that are just too difficult to achieve alone.
The story has an every day feel, with Baby Bear doing things that any toddler might, such as playing with his new rucksack and his favourite soft toy, visiting the library and listening to a story. Children will be able to relate to Baby Bear's experiences and see how perseverance could work in their own lives, but the story is very far from being a stiff moral tale; it's full of warmth and gentle humour. There are also a few funny surprises in the illustrations that are worth looking out for. Baby Bear manages to button up his own coat, but he doesn't get it quite right. And his soft toy, Barnaby, has a few unexpected changes of facial expression.
It's a lovely book, good for bedtime or anytime reading. Don't miss it!

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