Hague's lumpy and pudgy bears (a mother and child) are done in warm golden watercolors accented with Chinese red and warm blue hues. The text, framed by a border of bears and stars, appears on the left-hand pages. Additional touches include the teddy "turning around" into a puddle and then tracking mud into the house. And when he needs to "show your shoe," he really has something to display. A "Note to Parents" gives instructions for acting out the rhyme. Marc Brown (Dutton, 1989) and Carol Lawson (Dial, 1991) have similar versions available, but Hague's unique style merits another look. A cozy treat. --Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA
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