We borrowed this book from the library, and my son loved it. He began playacting that he'd lost his bear after one read and asked to hear the story frequently. A word of caution, though: the book contains the script "If you lose my [stuffed toy], I'll kill you!" You can change the dialog, as we did when we read it -- but if it troubles you, you might want to reconsider buying this book.
I just brought this book home and my 2.5yo daughter and I loved it! We picked up the audio CD version and I was surprised to see my daughter enthralled on the first read since she usually needs to warm up to the longer books. The premise of the story was so perfect in that it echoed the child in all of us. "I" lost my bear --- and haven't we all lost something as kids? And something so incredibly dear? I was able to interject a couple questions to my daughter to keep her attention during the audio retelling like, "Do you see the bear" and, "Where is the bear?" and, "Can you find the bear?" This made it personal on many levels.
I truly enjoyed the interplay between her and her parents, her sister, her other toys, her ignored tantrum...
My only problem as others stated were the words stupid and "kill." Those are pretty non-PC words, my friend. My wife was bent out of shape on the whole tantrum scene and the 'tude in general. I didn't mind so much about...
This book is truly a gem. A little child has lost her bear, her favorite stuffed animal. The book follows her trail as she tries to find the lost toy. She searches high and low, but her ursine companion is nowhere to be found. Of course, her reactions are all overblown (as all kids' reactions are). I don't want to give away the ending; but suffice it to say, if you have kids (or have been one), you can see the ending coming from a mile away. Even so, the book is a delight to read and will surely bring a smile to anyone who has the slightest love of children.
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