Sunday, November 21, 2010

Companion Books

Fans of popular characters in children's literature wait on pins and needles for companion books...

I collect all types of picture books, but I’m especially drawn to series. I remember how excited my Pre-K students would get whenever there was a new adventure for Clifford the Big Red Dog. He was a familiar character and classroom friend.

Note: Have you noticed how many of these types of books have plush toys? Wink.

Check out one of my personal favorites:

A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker
Illustrations by Kady MacDonald Denton

Cheery persistence wears down a curmudgeonly bear in a wry comedy of manners that ends in a most unlikely friendship.

And here's the companion to this NEW YORK TIMES bestseller:

When the impish Mouse comes to spend the night, Bear is in for a rude--and very funny--awakening in this irresistible new story starring the unlikely pair.

And yet another fun story featuring the same entertaining duo:

A Birthday for Bear by Bonnie Becker
Illustrations by Kady MacDonald Denton

Can a relentlessly cheery Mouse wear down a party-pooping Bear? The unlikely pair are back in a droll, utterly charming tale that early readers will celebrate.

(Read an interview with Kady MacDonald Denton here.)

I love the fact that bear and mouse are so different from each other. There’s a subtle lesson for children and it illustrates the unique facets of friendship and tolerance. We don’t have to mirror each other mentally and physically to share the same space in this world.

What are some of your favorite characters? I'll be sharing more of mine over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

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