The Century recommends

For five and under:

Babies from around the world form their own community of joy, and each one, “as everyone knows, had ten little fingers and ten little toes.” Fox and Oxenbury are working together for the first time here. The story ends with “a sweet little child who was mine, all mine.” Recommended for gift giving.

Old Bear is old, which means he has many memories as he gets ready to hibernate. Bear is warm and brown, with thick brush lines making a roundness we’d like to touch. The seasons are shown in a variety of light-filled pastels. This simple story affirms both memory and newness.


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