Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle and illustrator Matt Phelan
The picture book version of this was published way back in 2007, but since it's just now coming out in board book form (and it's a new-to-me book altogether), I thought it should count for a Picture Book Saturday post. And I love Matt Phelan. He's my illustrator crush (along with Kadir Nelson and John Rocco, of course).
When I read this, I couldn't believe I hadn't read it before! I fell in love with the sweet story of a very hairy bear (except for his no-hair nose) and the lovely flow Schertle created. We follow the bear through the seasons as he searches for salmon, snacks on yummy blueberries, and eventually cuddles up for a nice, long sleep.
The story is utterly charming and the illustrations are just lovely. A fantastic and unique choice for a story time, as it's quieter than most, but engrossing, and perfect for a one-on-one read with your toddler or preschooler. I loved it!
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Very Hairy Bear
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