Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Bear's Picture

It's National Library Week. It's a great time to come into the library and check out all the new books. One of the newest ones on the shelves is Bear's Picture by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by D.B. Johnson. There is a little bear who paints a picture. As he paints, two men come along and stop to watch. As they watch, they ask questions and generally make a nuisance of themselves. The picture is quite colorful and very meaningful to the little bear. The men don't understand what the little bear is painting. They don't think he should be painting at all. The painting is little bears' picture. The meaning of the picture is his alone. It doesn't matter what they think or how they feel about it. Their opinion doesn't matter at all. What matters is what little bear thinks and feels about his painting. And that is why I love this book.

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