Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Biggest Bear

The Biggest Bear
by Lynd Ward
85 pages
1953 Caldecott winner

Little Johnny Orchard feels quite humiliated that his family never has a big bearskin drying on the side of their barn. It seems everyone else has at least one and they all live further from the woods than Johnny does. One day he takes it upon himself to hunt a bear and proudly display it for his family. He finds a bear without any problems, but things don't quite turn out how Johnny planned.

One of my reading goals for work this year is to read as many of the Caldecott winners and honors I can find. The story was simply told with short sentences on big white pages. On the facing page you will find gorgeous illustrations to accompany the story. The drawings are sepia-toned and full of life, giving a very realistic feel to the story. So far, thjs is one of my favorite Caldecott winners!

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