I first read Jane Hissey’s Old Bear Stories to my reception class when I was a newly qualified teacher and I have loved her work ever since. The toys that she creates are beautifully illustrated and the adventures that come from familiar playroom situations are amusing and appealing to young children (and lots of adults that I know!). I noticed recently that many of them include cake, biscuits or picnics, also very appealing and familiar to small people!
You can see more of Jane’s books on her website. Here are some of our favourites:
My favourite Jane Hissey story is still Little Bear’s Trousers. It was the first Jane Hissey story that I bought and I have read it to so many children over the years. It really is amazing how many different (and very imaginative) uses the toys find for Little Bear’s trousers.
In Jolly Snow the toys kindly try and show Jolly Tall what snow is like. All the familiar characters try to help including the two senior bears Bramwell Brown and Old Bear. It’s a beautiful story portraying kindness and caring.
Ruby, Blue and Blanket is one of Lovereading4kids books of the year for 2013. It is Jane Hissey’s newest book and introduces a new set of characters. We love the ideas that Ruby, Blue and Blanket come up with in their dressing up game and hope that there will be more adventures from this trio.