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15 June, 2015

Terry Treetop and the Little Bear #Book #Review


     We've lived in our home now for almost 7 years.  In that time, we have had flocks of turkeys cross our yard each morning for months on end, we've had racoons and skunks grace us with their presence each night, we've had deer, bobcats, hawks, and other wildlife.  For the last couple years we have had a flock of pigeons in our yard, among many other birds who stay and come back each year.  We have no lack of wildlife here.  This week we have had a first though, and I wish I were here to see it, as it would have been my first ever sighting outside of a zoo.  A black bear walked across our front yard and into the woods.  A BEAR!!!  In our front yard!    I think it might have had something to do with the can of tuna that was put out for our missing cat.  It kinda makes me want to put out more tuna.
     Of course we told the kids so that they would be very careful and stay together and away from the tree line.  We always make sure that they know about the dangerous animals that we see.  They spend a LOT of time outside playing and we don't ever want to discourage that, but it's very important that they know how to be aware of their surroundings when living so close to the woods.
     This newest book of ours came at just the right time for our little missed encounter.  Terry Treetop and the Little Bear, written by Tali Carmi, is about a little redheaded, freckled, outdoorsy kid named Terry.  Terry is so happy that it's springtime, and as he's looking around and taking it all in, he sees a little bear cub come into his yard.  He wants to play with the cub until he sees that the cub isn't alone.  Mama Bear is close by and doesn't trust humans.  As she gets the young bear to head into the woods, the baby ends up getting trapped and is in need of help.  Terry is just the boy for the job and teaches Mama Bear that maybe little humans aren't so bad after all.
      There are several things I like about this book, besides being a cute children's book.  First is the illustrations, colorful and engaging, my kids are drawn to that style art and so am I.  Second is the storyline.  Terry knows that he needs to help animals and treat them with respect, but he also knows to be cautious when dangerous animals are involved.  It's a wonderful story for my kids and for any family.
     When I first saw this book, I thought it looked familiar, and that's because I already own the e-book Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg, from the same series.  That book is pretty cute as well and also shows Terry helping animals.  I think this whole series looks like one I would be happy to own for my family and at only $1 per book, you really can't go wrong.  I definitely recommend it!

Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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