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Welcome back to this week’s Little Coop’s Book Club. This week we are discussing the book, The Grizzly Bear Who Lost his GRRRRR! By Rob Biddulph.
TITLE: The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRR!
WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY: Rob Biddulph (click to view author’s website)
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers
AGE RECOMMENDATION: 4 – 8 years old*
*I don’t believe necessarily in putting age recommendations on books unless it is discussing content that is not appropriate for younger children. Words are words and reading is imperative whether or not the child can understand or not. Do not let these age recommendations deter you. If you’re ever concerned, read through the book first to make sure the content is appropriate and matches the standards and values of your household. Other than that, READ ALL THE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DESCRIPTION FROM AMAZON:
From the award-winning author and illustrator of Blown Away, Rob Biddulph, comes a delightfully hilarious story about a grizzly bear named Fred who loses his GRRRRR.
Each year, for as long as the forest has stood, a contest is held for the bears of the wood… Fred is the champion. He’s the best.
But being the best takes time and training, especially when it comes to having the loudest growl. Then, one morning, disaster strikes—Fred’s GRRRRR is gone! Oh, no! Will Fred find his GRRRRR and realize that there’s more to life than being a winner?
As previously mentioned, I will be reviewing the books in Little Coop’s Book Club from a parenting perspective until Little Coop is old enough to tell you his opinion as well. Though, I do have a short review from him regarding this book. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! He LOVED grrrr’ing along with the bears in this book. So that’s straight from the source, folks.
Ok, mommy review time.
So let me admit something right off the bat. I LOVE books that rhyme. Love love LOVE. I do an internal dance of joy when I start reading a book to Little Coop, and it rhymes. Like I’ve hit the children’s book lottery. I find books that rhyme (sometimes) to be the most creative because not only did the author need to create the story but had to do so in a way to make it rhyme.
Rhyming happiness aside, this book is about a grizzly bear named Fred who is a champion when it comes to the annual Bear Contest. The contest includes testing bears on their ability to catch fish, hula-hoop, scare humans and GRRRRR! After a new contender comes to town, threatening Fred’s reign as bear champion.
Having spent all of his time training for the contest, Fred realized he did not have any friends. This fact did not bother him until he lost his GRRRRR! This book emphasizes the balance between hobbies and friendships. It is great to be dedicated and committed to a hobby/sport/art but not to do so at the expense of being lonely and not having friends. This book also touches on the topic of theft and forgiveness.
I appreciated that the friends in the book did not hold it against Fred that he had not spent time with them. His new friends were ready and willing to help Fred in his hour of need. This is such a great lesson for children as they may find themselves from time to time on either end of this situation. Friends get busy and might not always be there to play, and that’s ok. Then again, you may be so busy; and you might be that friend who doesn’t play. That’s ok too, but make sure you find a balance because being a champion is great but being lonely and friendless is not fun. It’s all about balancing our child’s social life and school/hobby/sports/art life.
AND DID I MENTION IT RHYMES? lol
Little Coop is still GRRRRRR’ing everytime he sees this book in our living room, for those of you wondering about the lasting effect of this book.