Review: Honey by David Ezra Stein

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Published: 27 March 2018

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Category: Children’s Picture Books/Animals

This sweet companion to David Ezra Stein’s award-winning Leaves celebrates the joy of savoring something you love.

Bear is ravenous when he wakes up from his winter sleep and has one thing on his mind: honey! Alas, it is too soon for honey, so Bear tries hard to be patient. The world around him is waking up, too, and he soon remembers all the other things he loves, like warm grass, berries, and rain. He’s almost content, until, one day, he hears a welcome buzzing sound . . . and finally it is time for Bear to delight in the thing he relishes above all others–and it is as warm, golden, sweet, and good as he remembered.

Rating: 5 Stars

The followup to David Ezra Stein’s book LeavesHoney expands upon a young bear’s life experiences. Whereas in the first book he saw autumn and leaves falling for the first time, now we get to see him looking forward to the ultimate tasty bear treat: honey!

The art style was very mellow and the colors very evocative of the time of year that Bear is waking up to. I loved the dreamy quality that the author had to each page’s picture. The smudgy quality was sweet and had me smiling.

Story wise, this book is very simple, which fits the audience that it’s marketed to. While this is a companion book, it wasn’t wholly necessary to have read the previous book to pick up on the story line of this one. The language is simple enough that a child could read this for themselves or read along at bedtime. The ending was a bit nostalgic, which I’m not sure younger readers will pick up on, though it was nicely emotional for me.

Bear’s personality and adventures in life would be great for more books and I hope to see them in the future. Until then, the rereadability is here and that’s a great quality in a book.

 

 

 

 

 

I received a copy of this book from Penguin Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.

All media (pictures, quotes, etc.) belong to the respective owners and are used here solely for the purpose of review and commentary.

 

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