One of Finja’s first books will make the beginning: When we got “Bear on a bike” by Stelle Blackstone in the mail, we didn’t even have a book shelf for children books. For almost two years, this Barefoot book belonged to Finja’s bedtime routine like brushing teeth and was a go-to for sleepless nights.
“Bear on a bike” is one of numerous “Bear”-books by the British publisher “Barefoot books”. What convinced me of this book were the colorful, playful and friendly illustrations by Debbie Harter: Easy to look at for a baby they turned were great for “look-and-find” when Finja entered preschool age. Rhymes and repetitions makes reading fun for parents and easy to understand for children of any age.
The content: The bear tries out different forms of transportations and stumbles into new adventures. A bike brings him to the market, a train to the seaside, a raft promises an adventure in the jungle, a carriage carries him to a nightly party in a castle – always bringing his friend, a little boy, and his dog (“where are you going bear – please wait for me!”). Children can hop onto the back of the bike and will be comforted by the bear just like this little boy – and say “goodbye and goodnight” when bear blasts off on a rocket, just before bedtime.
A great read and a great present for every new parent – and just the beginning of our love for Barefoot books. Enjoy!
Storyline: Five crowns
Illustrations: Five crowns
Bear on a Bike (A Barefoot Board Book)
Written by: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated by: Debbie Harter
Publisher: Barefoot Books