2 out of 4 stars
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Because You Care for Beany Bear by Christine J. Logan is a children’s picture book about Beany, a bear who needs some help. He asks the reader to help him with various tasks, including finding food, counting bugs, and solving problems. Along the way, Beany and the reader discover new things and make new friends.
Beany Bear is an adorable character who young children are sure to fall in love with. The book shows that every new friend is a good thing, even if they don’t look like you. Among other lessons, the book teaches kids to appreciate nature and others. The pictures in the book illustrate these themes by showing many different animal species getting along and playing together.
The book does include some negative aspects too though. It includes interactive pieces where the child reading is supposed to find or count various objects in the pictures, but often there are arrows in the pictures that point you to the object you’re supposed to be searching for. I think this removes a lot of the interaction and learning that could take place.
In addition, the book is written in rhyme, but many of the lines don’t rhyme well or have an inconsistent rhythm. This really detracts from the book, and I think it would make it difficult for parents to read it out loud to their kids. Also, children often rely on rhyming and rhythm to help them learn how new words should sound, so the inconsistencies could make it more difficult for kids to learn from this book.
Overall, I would rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed the pictures and stories, and it looks very professional, as I didn’t find any mistakes in the book. However, I think that the author should remove the arrows from the pictures and let kids find the objects on their own. Also, more consistent rhyming would help both kids and parents enjoy the book more. The vocabulary is appropriate for early readers in kindergarten or first grade, but parents could also help younger kids with this book.
Because You Care for Beany Bear
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