Baby Bear’s Big Dreams, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, is a wonderful book to share with your child. The patterned rhyme scheme makes it very easy to read and kept my young son’s attention beginning to end. The book is oversized and the large colorful illustrations are so well done that even after reading my son goes back and enjoys just looking over the pictures again and again.
The story itself is about how Baby Bear sees himself growing up and the adventures he will have. As Baby Bear talks about all the things that big bears do it quickly made me aware of how fast our kids grow and how important it is for me to truly enjoy him being young. In the end, Baby Bear returns home after all of his bear adventures to be tucked into bed by his parents. It was a nice reminder that no matter how big or old my son gets, he will always be my little boy.
Baby Bear’s Big Dreams is a great book to read with your child and offers a nice message for the parent as well. A new copy from Barnes and Nobles is listed at $16.00, perhaps more than one would like to spend on a single book. We were able to find a copy at Half Price Books and also at our public library. If you have the chance to find one, both you and your child will love it.