Three Bears in A Boat

Soman, David

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Three Bears in A Boat
Penguin Putnam
From the co-creator of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series comes a high seas adventure inspired by the classic picture booksLittle Bear and Where the Wild Things Are.

Three bear siblings break their mother’s favorite blue seashell, and rather than tell her, they decide to set out in their sailboat to find her a new one. On their quest they encounter salty sailors, strange new islands, huge whales, and vast seas but no blue seashells. When a treacherous storm suddenly blows in, the three bears find themselves tossed about in their little boat, far from Mama. What will become of their search, and what will it take to bring them safely home?

This read aloud shares its best qualities with classic picture books: breath-taking illustrations, epic adventure, and a subtle message about taking responsibility for your actions.

Baker & Taylor
A tale inspired by Little Bear and Where the Wild Things Are follows the adventures of three bear siblings who embark on a high-seas quest to replace their mother's broken seashell. By the illustrator of the best-selling Ladybug Girl series.

& Taylor

Afraid to face their mother after breaking her beautiful blue seashell, three bears set out on an high seas adventure to try to find a replacement.

Publisher: New York :, Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, 2014
ISBN: 0803739931
Branch Call Number: E SOMAN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, 29 cm
Alternate Title: 3 bears in a boat


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After accidentally breaking their Mama's beloved blue seashell, three bear siblings named Dash, Charlie, and Theo sail away in search of a replacement. Although they meet other bears in boats, explore an island, encounter enormous whales, and get caught in a sudden storm, finding another blue shell proves more difficult than they expected. Using the exhilarating sweep of the ocean as a backdrop, Three Bears in a Boat combines visual drama with gentle humour to create a high-seas adventure -- one with a reassuring ending that may remind readers of Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are.

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Jul 20, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Even if a child has never set so much as a sandy toe in the waters of a lake, river, or ocean, there’s something compelling in Soman’s voyage by sea. The thrill of setting out on your own with friends/siblings along for company is inherently enticing. Plug in adventure and an escape from parental oversight and you’ve got yourself a snazzy little number. David Soman isn’t afraid to get pretty. His ocean scenes are some of the best I’ve ever seen in a picture book, and his story holds up in the end. If you’re looking for a gift book, a bedtime book, or just something uniquely attractive to the eye, seek ye just three little bears. Charm incarnate.


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Jul 20, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 7


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Jul 20, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It wasn’t their best idea. But Dash, Theo, and Charlie were so sure they’d be able to reach that distant jar of honey their mama put out of grasp on the mantle shelf. Unfortunately in their bid for sweets they accidentally destroy their mother’s lovely blue seashell. The solution? If they can set out across the sea in their little boat and find a replacement seashell, maybe their mother won’t even notice the switch. So away they go, but after asking for advice it seems the only place to find such a shell is on an island shaped like a lumpy hat. As one old sea salt advises them, “Just look the right place.” Thus begins a mini epic, as the bears encounter creatures, storms, and even dark caves in their quest for the near impossible.


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