Morris, Richard T. Bear Came Along. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
Summary from the publisher’s web site
A cheerful and action-packed adventure about the importance of friendship and community from a successful author and illustrator duo!
Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn’t know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren’t any fun by yourself, and so enters Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Racoons, and Duck.
These very different animals take off downstream, but they didn’t know they needed one another until thankfully, the river came along.
This hilarious picture book and heartfelt message celebrates the joy and fun that’s in store when you embark together on a ride of a lifetime.
I love the cumulative aspect of this story. Richard T. Morris has created a story that builds from the beginning until the end. First there was the river. Then bear came. Gradually other animals join the story until … “So many different animals living their separate lives, but they didn’t know they were in it together…until…the river came along.”
LeUyen Pham created illustrations which expand the text with their detail. The river flows through every page of the story. I love that there are also a couple of wordless spreads which will allow readers to invite input from those listening to the story.
I would not hesitate to add Bear Came Along to my K-12 Christian School library. I will be including it in my Mock Caldecott unit later this fall.
I borrowed a copy of Bear Came Along from my local public library. This is my honest review.
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