Scaredy Bear by Steve Smallman & Caroline Pedler

We’re huge huge fans of bears in books and we loved Scaredy Bear from the moment we met him. The friendship that develops between Scaredy Bear and a little rabbit is really heartwarming and the story shows us that we are often braver than we think.

Scaredy Bear - Story SnugThe Story: Mum has read Little Bob a bedtime story about the BIG HAIRY so Little Bob creeps out of bed to try and find him. He makes friends with a bear, Big Bob, who is impressed by Little Bob’s bravery. But when Little Bob is threatened by a fox, he is surprised to discover that his new friend is the BIG HAIRY!

Big Bob and Little Bob are really endearing characters and we love Little Bob’s explanation that although he is small he is ‘big inside’. Little Bob is so kind and patient with Big Bob and we love the way that they play together.

Little Bob’s extra pointy carrot makes us laugh! He tells Big Bob about his plan to use it as a weapon against the BIG HAIRY but once the BIG HAIRY’s identity is revealed the carrot is used for a different purpose and demonstrates how good it is to share with friends.

The text is easy to read (we like the font that is used) and Caroline Pedler’s illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. We particularly love the night time spreads with their turquoisy blue backgrounds. Big Bob is fabulously cuddly and Little Bob is extremely cute, his rucksack is adorable! One of our favourite spreads shows Little Bob introducing himself to Big Bob, who doesn’t have a name until they meet, we love the way that Big Bob’s paws are as big as Little Bob!Scaredy Bear inside spread - Story Snug

Scaredy Bear is a wonderfully gentle story which can stimulate discussion about confidence and friendship. It shows that size doesn’t matter, it’s how you feel inside that is important.

Author: Steve Smallman / Illustrator: Caroline Pedler

Thank you to Little Tiger for sending Scaredy Bear. We would love to see Big Bob and Little Bob in another story 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Scaredy Bear by Steve Smallman & Caroline Pedler

  1. Aaaa I love a good bear character too, obviously my favourite still being Winnie the Pooh, this looks like a very sweet story indeed #readwithme

    • The Snail and the Whale is a great book! I once read an article about the challenge that Axel Scheffler had drawing a snail on top of a whale. In real life you wouldn’t see the snail at all!

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