Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Bear’s Surprise by Benjamin Chaud

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I am a fan of Benjamin Chaud’s work.

bears.surpriseThe Bear’s Surprise
By Benjamin Chaud
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Chronicle Books on September 15, 2015

Theme/Topic- Adventure

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Deep in the forest, Little Bear awakens to the sounds of spring.

Synopsis: From Amazon- “Hibernation is over and Little Bear is ready for another adventure! But where is Papa Bear? Never fear, Little Bear will find him! Follow the curious cub through interactive cutouts on every page of this detail-rich extravaganza: into a bustling forest, deep beneath a mysterious cave, and en route to a rollicking circus in full swing. What will Little Bear discover when he finally locates his high-flying papa?”

What I Thought- I really like how there are cut out shapes on each page spread, making the story seem to travel across the pages. Mr. Chaud has several references to his other works, including Flopsy. His artwork is always fun to look at and pick out things.


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The story is rather simple, but good. It would make a great bedtime story for kids. The book itself is very good for reluctant readers. It has a lot of space for visual impact, with a good amount of humor.

Activities and Resources- There are some pretty good circus-themed activities HERE.

it would be fun to put on  a talent show for the kids. Point out that anything can be a special talent. I found a bunch of ideas for school-aged kids and talent shows and HERE is a blog post that makes suggestions for pre-school talent shows.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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11 replies

  1. Love your choice for Perfect Picture Book Friday, Erik. Kids will love the interaction with the book. Great activities too. Thanks for sharing Erik.

  2. What an unusual bear story. I didn’t expect Papa Bear to be in the circus. Sounds like a fun story!

  3. This looks amazing…a must for my reading list 😀

  4. Such fun and great colors too!

  5. Oh I dig those illustrations! Nice choice, Erik.

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