Bears on Chairs
by Shirley Parenteau, illustrated by David Walker
Nothing can beat this story for it's simple, loveable charm. Four bears; blue Calico Bear, pink and prim Fuzzy Bear, cheerful Yellow Bear and loose-limbed Floppy Bear each settle down on their own little chairs. "Four happy bears / on four small chairs. / Not a bear / has to share." Oops! When Big Brown Bear arrives, it appears he's out of luck. In a wonderful double-page spread, Big Brown Bear woefully looks out to the viewer. "What a stare / from Big Brown Bear. / That big bear / wants a chair!" After much experimentation, the bears are able to jointly arrive at a solution... pushing all the chairs together to form a makeshift bench. Snuggled up on the bench, they declare "Now it's fair! / The bears all share!"
Plenty of white-space and pastel colors, along with a unique personality to each of these adorable bears and the gentle repeating rhyme gives this book an easy, very readable appeal. The values of sharing, inclusion and problem-solving readily come across without being didactic for an instant. A great book for sharing with toddlers, I highly recommend this little gem.
I borrowed this book from the library.