Written and Illustrated by Emily Gravett
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014
One morning Bear and Hare went outside and saw…snow!
The plot in a nutshell: Friends play in the snow.
Hare loves snow and has a wonderful time playing in it. Bear, on the other hand, is not a big fan of snow. The two friends catch snowflakes, make snow angels and build snow animals. Bear rolls up a big snowball and Hare makes a small snowball and uses it to start a snowball fight with Bear. After that, Bear wants to go home, but Hare wants to go sledding. Unsure at first, Bear soon discovers that he loves sledding and that he also actually loves snow, too.
This is the second book in the Bear & Hare series from author/illustrator Emily Gravett and it’s one of those books where the pictures show something different from what you’re reading in the story’s text. In the summary above, it states that Bear & Hare are doing all these things together, but the illustrations show us that Bear is too heavy to make snow angels (he just sinks into the snow) and too cold to enjoy making snow animals (after Hare steals his scarf). The artwork is done in pencil, watercolor and crayon and the characters, who are full of personality and emotion, look great in contrast to the blue of the sky and the white of the snowy landscape. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
And what did we learn? What I take away from this book is that sometimes your friend’s enthusiasm for something can be pretty contagious and make you a big fan, too.