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As I look at the bright outdoors through my office window, I know the extreme cold, snow-packed scenery is starting to get on everyone’s nerves. After a harsh winter that began in late November and hasn’t cut us any slack since, cabin fever is setting in. We all yearn for green grass, long walks, bunny rabbits and biking riding adventures.
These colder temps often prompt us to pull out books to read alone or as a family and my newly acquired Barefoot Book collection is chock-full of good ones. Barefoot Books is an independent publisher with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Oxford, UK who specializes in carefully crafted children’s books, CDs, games, puppets, puzzles and gifts that celebrate enduring values and inspire creativity. Barefoot Books began in 1992 when Nancy Traversy and Tessa Strickland were young mothers with four children between them. They wanted to create meaningful, creative careers where they could make a difference in the world, while also keeping their children at the center of their lives. You can read more about their history and core values here.
I love these books because they are bright, vibrant, high quality and different.
There are books for all ages, books on CD, ebooks and even games and puzzles. All created with the same uniqueness and high-quality that readers have come to expect with Barefoot Book products. I also love the multicultural aspect of these books and titles that offer our kids a peek into other worlds, cultures and religions. Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. I think it is very important (as parents) that we supply our young readers with these books that show and teach about other parts of our world.
Though Bear on a Bike is not multicultural, it certainly is charming and endearing and brings me back to the yearning of Spring and bike riding!!
This board book is also designed for readers younger than my two monkeys, but they both got a kick out of the rich colors, fun pictures and waiting to see what antics Bear was going to come up with next in this book.
My eight-year old had a blast looking for the two funky bird characters that were hidden in almost every page, the funny details like the puppy with PINK sausages and looking for the other silly critters on each page.
If you have a young reader in your house and are looking for a quality bedtime book that is fun and different, Bear on a Bike might be just the ticket for you!
Join Bear as he tries out different forms of transport and has an adventure with each one. Rhyme and repetition support the learning layers of travel and transportation, as Bear travels in a raft, a rocket ship, a boat, a bike, a steam train, and a carriage.
Ages 2 to 6 years
Written By: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated By: Debbie Harter
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