kids book review - Little Bear's Little Boat
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Watching your children grow so fast and wishing you could hold on to that precious time a little longer, it is hard not to feel a persistent ache in your chest, knowing that you are missing too many precious moments with your children, unable to be with them more.

Little Bear’s Little Boat is a captivating, heartwarming story of Little Bear’s journey, as his growing body grows right out of his beloved boat. Little bear must now find a way to accommodate his larger size while letting go of his most prized possession.

This book is as therapeutic for parents yearning to preserve their children’s precious childhoods as it is to children coming to terms with growing up. 

“It is a little bear’s destiny to grow and grow till he is a BIG BEAR. It is a little boat’s destiny to stay the same size.”

– Little Bear’s Little Boat –

Book Title: Little Bear’s Little Boat

Author: Eve Bunting

Illustrator: Nancy Carpenter

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Recommended ages: 2-5

Page numbers: 30


Little Bear loves his little boat. He enjoys doing so many things with it each day. But one day he realizes something is not quite the same as before. He is growing out of the boat. Although he is sad to let go of it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what he decides to do with it.


The illustrations in this book perfectly capture the sunny bliss of Little Bear’s days growing up with his little boat. A simple, limited color palette and descriptive images deliver peaceful, calming scenery and a tranquil mood.  

Read aloud: 

Easy and simple to read, the story nevertheless gently leads the listener through a range of emotions while you read. This is a perfect book for repeated bedtime readings.

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