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One Very Big Bear by Alice Brière-Haquet
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One Very Big Bear

by Alice Brière-Haquet

Other authors: Raphaële Enjary (Illustrator), Olivier Philipponneau (Illustrator)

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One very big bear imagines that he is the most massive creature around in this entertaining counting book from France, until he is confronted by a series of animals who demonstrate that in pairs or groupings - two walruses, three foxes, four sea lions - they are just as large. The bear reaches the end of his patience with the sardines however, gobbling them up rather than considering their size claims...

Originally published in French as 1,2,3 banquise, this engaging counting book also demonstrates the relativity of concepts such as large and small, how their definitions change depending upon what is being compared. The third book I have read from author Alice Brière-Haquet, and the first that I have truly enjoyed - the English editions of both Peter and the Moon and Zebedee's Balloon were marred by poor translations - One Very Big Bear boasts both an interesting text, concpet-wise, with an unexpectedly amusing ending, and appealing stylized artwork by Olivier Philipponneau and Raphaële Enjary. Recommended to anyone looking for concept books with a sense of humor and a surprise, Jon Klassen-style ending. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Dec 31, 2016 |
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As far as he can tell, Bear is the biggest thing around. He might even be a giant! It's not long before other, smaller animals set him straight in this charmingly illustrated book about counting and relative size.
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