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My Dad Is A Bear

By Nicola Connelly

Illustrated by Annie White

Reviewed by Mia Macrossan

This much loved title is now out as a sturdy board book with an attractive new cover showing Dad and baby in a big bear hug. In its paperback incarnation, first published in 2015, it was shortlisted for the NSW premier’s Literary award and selected as a CBCA Notable in the Early Childhood category. That’s a lot of weight for a little book to carry but I think it deserves its accolades.

It introduces the concept of comparisons – showing how Dad is like a bear in so many ways. He can be soft and furry and  tall and round. Dad climbs like a bear and sometimes he even growls like a bear!

The illustrations are simple with big images in soft colours showing a very idealised bear, warm, cuddly – an inviting hugs kind of bear. He always has a smile, even the growl is not really threatening.

This celebration of a warm parent and child relationship is lovely to read and share at bedtime but especially so for dads and their babies.

New Frontier Publishing 2021
1942 Amsterdam Ave NY (212) 862-3680

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