This week in preschool our theme is Bears. Many weeks I take advantage of our amazing local library so we have plenty of reading material that relates to the theme.
I borrowed “The Biggest Bear” by Lynd Ward. I noted the Caldecott Medal on the cover. The illustrations look charming. However, as you can see on the cover, the main character Johnny is depicted with a rifle over his shoulder. By page eight, a man is shown shooting three bears.
As the story progresses, it becomes very engaging. Johnny goes hunting and discovers a bear cub, which he befriends and takes home as a pet. I will let you read the rest, but I did think it was really very sweet and charming. I liked the ending. However, with the gun content and the hunting theme, I decided not to read it to the preschoolers. Amazon lists the appropriate age range as 4 -8 years. See it here.
What do you think? How would you feel about this book being read to your child in preschool?