Old Bear

old bear cover imageOld Bear

Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow Books, 2008
Hardcover - 32 pages

Caldecott Medal winner Keven Henkes added Old Bear to his oeuvre several years ago (2008) and its resonance is still felt in the heart of deep winter here in the Northwoods. The elegant simplicity of the illustrations track perfectly with the story of Old Bear lying in deep hibernation and dreaming of the cycles of his many seasons – spring flowers, summer berries, fall colors and the winter stars.  The rhythmic pace makes this an ideal read-aloud and gently rocks young listeners to sleep. We have featured Kevin Henkes before in these pages (My Garden- 2010) and it reminds us that fine new books have roots in the great work that has preceded them.