Another in Prater’s long series of ‘Baby Bear’ books, exhibiting once again his skill in drawing comfortable, expressive bears with the minimum of cuteness, and with a great sense of movement.
Here, Grandbear tries to organise the washing while Baby Bear plays with a box, pretending it’s a plane, a train, a boat. Grandbear tolerantly joins in, cleverly getting the job done at the same time. Baby Bear’s imaginary adventures are shown in parallel illustrations, supported by a change to rhyme, repeated with slight variations each time. Affectionate and giggle-provoking – the job gets done while everyone has fun, providing a gentle message for today’s busy parents and their ever-demanding youngsters alike!