If you were a bear who lived in a neat cave right on the beach, you might not be that eager to take a trip to the city. But that’s what the bear in this story does, lured by the intriguing sounds of cars and trains. Of course, he has many adventures. When he tires of the noise and retreats to a park bench, some kind children help him get back home, where they all play on the beach until they all fall asleep together.
It’s a charming story with pretty illustrations, but what makes it really special is the lilting, sing-song prose Rosen uses to tell the tale. I make a song out of the repetitive phrases and noises, but chanting would be equally rhythmic and compelling. “Bear’s Day Out” is just the kind of story I – and my young students – love.