I have yet to determine where the books come from, but there are tables and tables of books from picture books to young adult that we are able to take with us as long as we write a review. Thus begins another piece of my #nerdlution ... the intent is that each Thursday I will review one of the books that I picked up from the First Thursdays Book Club.
Title: Big Bear's Big Boat
Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: September 2013
Genre: Picture Book
Goodreads Summary: Big Bear outgrew his little boat, so he is building himself a big boat and can't wait till he's rowing, fishing, and relaxing in it. When his friends start suggesting improvements, Big Bear obligingly follows their advice. To his dismay, his big boat is turning out all wrong. It's because he hasn't followed his own dream, and he knows exactly how to fix it. With all the simplicity, warmth, and wisdom of Little Bear's Little Boat, this book honors an important step in growing up.
Grade Level: Preschool/Kindergarten+
Kristin's Thoughts: I found this book appealing due to the fact that it illustrates for younger children that it is ok to try the ideas of others but that when one can determine that the ideas don't work for them that they can say "no thank you" and take action that works for them. As the parent of a preschooler, I see that even at a young age, my daughter is trying to fit in. I appreciate that the character in this book, Big Bear, was open to the ideas of others (my 4 year old tends to be very egocentric) but that later he could assert himself and make choices that better suit his wants and needs. It's important to be open to suggestion but it's also important to stay true to yourself. This book illustrates this idea in a simple, comprehensible way.