It took Rosalie quite a while to get attached to any particular toy; when she was very small we used to put toys in her pram, or clip them to her car seat, but she wasn’t really bothered about what they were. But now she has formed some quite strong attachments, to two toys in particular – one is a soft snuggly bunny comforter and the other is a teddy bear.
It has only been in the last week that we have allowed her to take said teddy bear (affectionately and originally named, Teddy) out and about, and thankfully he hasn’t yet been lost…
This is the BEAR is a story about a boy, a dog and a bear. One day the bear, Fred, falls (or perhaps he is pushed by the naughty dog?) in the bin and goes on an ‘adventure’ to the rubbish dump. Ever loyal, the boy and the mischievous dog set off on a mission to rescue him.
The rhyming and repetition in this story make it lovely to read aloud, and engaging for Rosalie to listen to. The pages are set out with fun illustrations and speech bubbles that reinforce the story on the top half of the page, and large print words at the bottom, making this a fantastic book for early readers.
Obviously reading is a tad advanced for Rosalie, but she enjoys the story, loves to point at the bear and the dog and repeat the words. She will bring this book to me saying ‘bear’ which is just so cute!
I love how fiercely determined the boy is, and how helpful the dog is at finding Fred.
Thankfully Fred is successfully rescued and safely returned home where he has a bath, but keeps shtum to his toy friends as to where he has been. The ending is lovely and makes us wonder what adventures the boy, the dog and the bear will go on next!
I’m really not sure how I would feel about retrieving Teddy from a rubbish dump for Rosalie. She wouldn’t notice his absence…would she?