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No by Claudia Rueda and Illustrated by Elisa Amado

Published by Groundwood Books

Pages: 44

Ages: 2-5

Publishers Summary: It’s winter and little bear doesn’t want to go to sleep. He’s sure he won’t get cold outside. He doesn’t mind how long the winter is, how deep the snow might get or how hard the wind might blow. Until, that is, he finds himself all alone in a snowstorm. After a few panicky moments, he finds his mother again. “Mamma, I’m back,” he says. “Winter is very long and you might get lonely.”

Claudia Rueda’s classic picture-book illustrations, with their simple strong lines and shapes, show a very determined little bear and his mother in an increasingly snowy landscape. Little bear is a character that children everywhere will identify with.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Snow. Snow is something we didn’t get this year, but we did get a lot of rain. I still remember all the snow when we lived where my dad went to school, it was so neat! But I don’t think I would want to be stuck in a snow storm without my mom like this little bear. That would just be too scary. I was so happy by the end when the little bear found his mom and was able to be with her for the winter. Sometimes it’s nice to have a mom to snuggle up with, even if she’s always telling you what you should and shouldn’t be doing. My mom is still great and I wouldn’t want her to go anywhere without me; and I think that’s just how this little bear feels too.”

Mom’s Two Cents: “It’s winter time. Time to hibernate and stay warm for the long cold nights. But staying in a dark cave with his mother is the last thing little bear wants to do. Instead he’d rather be exploring, seeking out new and undiscovered places and things. What little bear doesn’t take into account is the harsh winter night with it’s blustery and often devastating snow storms. Will he realize his mother only has his best interests at heart or will it be too late? Will little bear make it back to his mother in time to snuggle down for the cold winter months?

“A beautiful and simple story. With very few words and stunning images Rueda has captured what it means to be a toddler. Struggling to find that balance between forging out on your own and relying on the good sense of your parents. That’s exactly what little bear faces in this story.

“There comes a time for each young child when they no longer take everything their parents say at face value, they suddenly decide that they want to figure things out on their own, no matter the consequences. For me this has been a blessing and a curse. It’s wonderful to see your children grow and develop, but to simply stand back and allow them to make their own choices is sometimes frightening. Unfortunately, there’s no getting around it and I know it’s only going to get worse from here on out. What I enjoyed about this story, other than the illustrations, was how it balanced the wants of the mother bear with the will of little bear. A wonderful message for both parents and children.

No by Claudia Rueda is a story about letting go and holding on. For both parents and children, it’s a beautiful telling of finding a balance between both. If you have a toddler who is beginning to take those first steps into the unknown little bear’s plight will be familiar and comforting at the same time. A perfect discussion starter and a wonderfully illustrated book I’m happy to have in our home.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 and up. A wonderful conversation starter between toddlers and parents. Both will find comfort and joy in this delightful story.

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3 Responses to Book Review: No by Claudia Rueda and Illustrated by Elisa Amado

  1. Gina says:

    Oh the poor little bear! That had to be a scary wake up call…and a great reminder that parents usually tell us things for our own good even if we don’t want to listen. Great job on the review you two!

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