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Bears and a Birthday
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Bears and a Birthday
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In their fourth endearing escapade, four small bears prepare a celebration for Big Brown Bear's birthday.

Features an audio read-along! Mmm, something smells good in the kitchen. Big Brown Bear is curious—what are those little bears up to? Are they making something special? No peeking, Big Brown Bear! Floppy and Fuzzy, Yellow and Calico have a cake to bake and a gift to wrap, then it's finally time for the birthday surprise. Delightful rhymes and huggable bears are just the right ingredients for a cheerful birthday read-aloud.

In their fourth endearing escapade, four small bears prepare a celebration for Big Brown Bear's birthday.

Features an audio read-along! Mmm, something smells good in the kitchen. Big Brown Bear is curious—what are those little bears up to? Are they making something special? No peeking, Big Brown Bear! Floppy and Fuzzy, Yellow and Calico have a cake to bake and a gift to wrap, then it's finally time for the birthday surprise. Delightful rhymes and huggable bears are just the right ingredients for a cheerful birthday read-aloud.

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  • Shirley Parenteau gained an adventurous nature by growing up on the northern Oregon coast, the next to youngest of five brothers and sisters. After years of writing outdoor magazine articles, she discovered she loved connecting with children, especially through picture books. Her six granddaughters are a continuing source of inspiration. So are preschool and primary grade children, whose enthusiastic answers to "What should the bears do next?" give interesting insights into their worlds.

    Bears on Chairs sprang from a granddaughter's play in a bookstore. This book led to Bears in Beds in 2012, Bears an a Bath in 2014, and Bears and a Birthday in 2015. Shirley's daughter-in-law Miwa is from Japan, so it was especially fun when a Japanese publisher printed the first two bears books in that languageThe first was ranked ninth among favorite children's books published in Japan in 2011. A performer read the book to a teddy bear during a popular children's television show in Australia, and TV rights have been sold in Japan.

    Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:

    1. My father was an Oregon logger. When I was in the third and fourth grades, we lived in temporary housing on the Siletz Indian Reservation while Dad worked nearby. My mother, who wrote for newspapers, became good friends with many of the Siletz women, some of whom wove her name (Olive) into beautiful baskets they made from reeds.
    2. When my husband and I moved from Oregon to California, we lived on a crowded street, but a few years later discovered a hundred-year-old farm for sale. We spent months repairing and restoring and have been here long enough that it's time to do most of it all over again. My office is in the one-time parlor with a big bay window taking up most of one wall overlooking a pomegranate orchard. If this old house is surprised to have a computer and printer installed in the parlor, it does a good job of putting up with them.
    3. I once won a hot-air balloon ride from a drawing at a shopping mall. The balloon, named Rainbow, carried my husband and me from a nearby park right over our old farm. I took some great pictures looking down at our house and surrounding tree-filled forty acres (seven of them ours) surrounded by blocks of new houses. It didn't feel as if the balloon was rising, but looked from the balloon as if the park was falling away from us. We rode like a cloud on the wind and when we sailed into the country, sent cows below racing for their barn.

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  • School Library Journal

    January 1, 2015

    PreS-In this sweet birthday tale, the cuddly bears from Bears on Chairs (2009) and Bears in Beds (2012, both Candlewick) are busy getting ready to celebrate. It is Big Brown Bear's birthday so his friends make him a cake and wrap a present to show how much they care. The text is light and fun with an easy-to-read rhythm and rhyme. "Floppy looks out with/flour on her chin./ 'Sorry, Big Bear./ Too soon to come in!'" The illustrations, done in acrylic, are soft and fuzzy. This story a good choice for birthday collections, but the bears are endearing enough to be enjoyed any day of the year.-Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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    November 15, 2014
    Get ready for a very special party!"The makings for / a cake are there. / The recipe's ready. / Where are the bears?" Parenteau's four furry friends are sweet as pie and ready to bake a cake-but for whom? It just might be for Big Brown Bear, who is having a birthday. Rhythmic text bounces along as Yellow, Calico, Fuzzy and Floppy mix and measure while following a recipe. Gentle and full of charm, this is a nice selection for toddlers and very young readers, who will appreciate the clear story, repetition and obvious affection shared among the lovable characters. Warm acrylic illustrations in a slightly-brighter-than-pastel palette show the round, appealing young bears as they wrap a present and don festive party hats. But wait, there's more! "The four bears shout, / 'Surprise, Big Bear!' / Here's why we / were busy in there!" Readers familiar with the series will be happy to revisit these good friends, while those new to the furry foursome will have a satisfying surprise in store. Preschoolers will enjoy this very festive celebration. (Picture book. 2-5)

    COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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