Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Katy Hudson
Bear is a bear, but he doesn’t want to be. He is tired of sleeping all winter and fighting off bees, so he decides that he is done with being a bear. He sees a line of ducks so he joins them, doing his best to be a good duck. Duck tells him that he doesn’t belong, but Bear asks her to teach him how to be a duck. Bear tries nest building, swimming, and flying. Things don’t go as he hoped, but Bear learns that he makes a really good bear.
This is a charming book about friendship and learning to appreciate the strengths of who you are. The illustrations by Hudson are charming, particularly Bear’s facial expressions as he tries his hardest to be good at being a duck. The humor in the book feels natural and will be enjoyed by both kids and adults. Hudson’s first picture book is sure to bring a smile.