Wednesday, May 09, 2018

A Bear WHERE? A Bear Sat on My Porch Today by Jane Yolen

A bear sat on my porch today....
And didn't go away.

What should I do? Boo! Shoo!
Okay, okay; you can stay.

It's hard to say no to a bear who won't go.

So with a warning not to scare her mommy, the girl decides she can work around a bear in their rocking chair. But then there's another interloper...

A squirrel sat on my porch today... Shaggy and gray....

What can she say? It's a critter invasion. The bear and squirrel seem to be there to stay and are joined by a stinky skunk who stays to spray!

A 'possum and then a raccoon come to play and opt to stay. At least they're small. But then a moose arrives to stay, demanding more than one meal per day!

The porch began to shift and sway!

With their new digs in danger of collapse, the critters rally to shore up their new home away from home. Bear and moose show that they care, and the skunk proves handy with a hammer, in Jane Yolen's newest, A Bear Sat on My Porch Today (Handprint/Chronicle, 2018). Jane Yolen does BEARS with the best of them (viz., her Bear Snores On (The Bear Books) series.)  Yolen uses her way with a rhyme this time in a cumulative tale in the form of The House that Jack Built that rollicks along to a rousing conclusion portrayed by artist Rilla Alexander in an ebullient four-page gatefold in which a good time is had by all at a most memorable porch party.

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