Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Janee Trasler
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
If forced to make a choice, we all have that ONE thing in the world we can’t live without. For Mimi, it’s Bear. Wherever Mimi goes, Bear is always there. From playing outside in the snow, to ice skating, and even fancy tea parties, Bear is always by her side. But what does Mimi do when Bear suddenly isn’t there? The hunt begins as she retraces her steps looking for her beloved toy.
The story in this book is something that happens to every child at least once during their childhood. That is what makes this a sweet and relatable book to read with children—probably while they hold or snuggle their “Bear” equivalent. Although the text in this story is simple and sparse, it is the illustrations that pull it all together and engage the reader in the story. As both the author and illustrator, Janee Trasler reminds us all of what it feels like to be a little kid who has lost their most beloved toy and friend. It is a great book to read while snuggled next to your own little Bear.