Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review: Terry Treetop and The Little Bear by Tali Carmi

I had seen the Terry Treetop books on Amazon and so I was happy to see a posting on **Tomoson looking for a review of one of the books. How could I resist?

Terry Treetop heads out into his yard on the first day of spring. He sees a baby bear come wandering into his backyard he is about to go play with the cub when the mama bear comes along to get her cub. Soon Terry hears the cries of the baby bear who is in trouble.

Ok so first off I usually can suspend my disbelief and read things like talking animals etc. While there were no talking animals what bothered me was I felt this might have been giving the wrong lesson about baby bears. At no point does Terry realize just how dangerous it is to play with baby bears and that mama bears will quite simply kill whoever goes near their cub.

But setting aside that one issue I have with the book it was actually a rather cute book. I loved the drawings and I love that Terry was so enamored with nature. I like that it helps teach kids about the early signs of spring.

My son enjoyed the book and loved the baby cub. He loved when the cub was playing on the tire swing. I could totally see my son being like Terry and wanting to play with the baby bear (partly, why I have a problem with the book. I don't want my son going near them). With that said I would still love to check out the other books in the series.

My son found it to be a 5 star book. I have to knock off one star though for the whole not teaching that wild animals are dangerous lesson.

So 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was read with my special needs son who is severely learning disabled. The review reflects not only my opinion but his as well
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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