Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bear's Picture by Daniel Pinkwater

Illustrated by D.B. Johnson

Abstract: A bear continues to paint what he likes despite criticism from two passing gentlemen.

Houghton Mifflin, 2008.


Karen said...

I loved this one. I loved the "punch line" in the last illustration, and I loved the simplicity of Bear's desire to please himself rather than worrying about his critics. I hope it at least takes an honor as, so far, it's my favorite.

Anonymous said...

Jamie at TUFW: This book is written and illistrated beautifully. I agree with Karen, Bear did not care about what the two men thought of his painting because it was HIS painting. I loved how the main colors were in Bear's picture and everything else was in darker tones.

Holly B said...

This book is wonderfully done. I couldn't keep my eyes off of Bear's painting the entire time. I was trying to discover what it could be just like the fine, proper gentlemen. I love how Bear did not get discouraged as the gentlemen asked what it was and were criticizing him. When Bear explained what it was and what he saw the two gentlemen said it didn't look like those things to them. Bear's reply is what makes the story so great because he says, "It doesn't have to, it is MY picture".

This story is an encouragement for all of us, young and old to do what we love regardless of what others may think or see when they look at us or our creations.