Bates, Ivan The Hide-and-Scare Bear, PICTUREBOOK. Candlewick, 2016. $16.99. Content: G.
Bear likes to play a game he calls Hide-and-Scare. He hides and then jumps out and roars at the other animals. He thinks it’s great, they don’t. So when the forest animals have a meeting and Owl asks for ideas, Rabbit says he will teach bear how to be kind. Next time there’s a scare, Rabbit doesn’t run, he doesn’t hide, he tries something new.
The illustrations are adorable! The expressions on the animals faces are great. The text is in verse, the message about treating others kindly is right on. Maybe hugging a bully isn’t always the best answer, but it would make a great springboard in a class to teach about respecting others, dealing with bullies, solving problems without fighting, even body language. I really loved the illustrations.
EL - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian