PPBF: The Bear & the Fly

78294F3D-7136-4FBD-AD20-0A65CF670014Author/Illustrator: Paula Winter
Publisher: Crown Publishers, 1976
Age: 4-7
Themes: bears, disaster, wordless picturebook

7B725FE6-CEA8-4285-B45D-CA56E962C41FSummary: (from my library’s catalog) A bear tries to catch a fly with disastrous results.

I like this book because: It’s a book we would likely not see published today, which is a shame. Kids understand how one family member’s distractions, weaknesses, and faults affect the whole family and may well be able to identify, and also see the foolishness and humor in obsessions. The illustration style is still highly attractive and effective today. I also love the handy size: 5.5”x7”

F70ABB44-65CB-4141-8FAB-C529D139EA8CResources/Activities: Study wordless picturebooks; how do artists what to draw to move a story forwards and create a page turner without text?; consider other solutions for this family – how could this story have ended differently? Watch the video at the bottom of the post.

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10 thoughts on “PPBF: The Bear & the Fly

  1. You’re right about today’s market. Although, I’m thinking that if this were written by one of today’s “young, darkly funny, male” picture book writers, it would go to auction, and an eager publisher would throw marketing $$ at it, and then it would become a best seller. Not that I’m cynical or anything, LOL.

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  2. This reminds me a bit of the Little Bear books. Unfortunately, I have to agree with Jilanne. But I also think that the expanding market for wordless & graphic books, might permit an updated version of this one to be published. Who knows. Thanks for bringing it to our attention and sparking a great discussion.

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