Middle Bear by Susanna IsernMiddle Bear by Susanna Isern

Middle Bear

bySusanna IsernIllustratorManon Gauthier

Picture Books | October 3, 2017

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He was the second of three brothers. ?He was not big, but he was not small, either. Neither strong nor weak, neither tall nor short, neither a lot nor a little ... He was the middle one.? Everything about life with his brothers was middle-sized. And when you're always in the middle, sometimes it's hard to feel special. But then, one day the cubs' parents fell ill, and their mother asked them to fetch some medicinal bark from a willow tree on the top of a mountain. When it turned out that this very important task could only be done by a cub of his middle size, he finally realized how special it was to be the middle one.

Author Susanna Isern's lovely, melodic picture book tale --- with a delightful use of repetition throughout --- offers an upbeat and positive message to middle children everywhere. It's a subject that is not often addressed in this format. With its hero's quest theme, the story has the feel of a modern-day fairy tale. Manon Gauthier's spare artwork and understated palette perfectly capture the poignancy of the bear cub's emotional journey. Though the book focuses on the role of middle children, it really celebrates every child's efforts toward self-discovery, as they seek out their own special place in the world. It also offers a wonderful opportunity to highlight the character education subject of perseverance or a lesson on empathy.
Susanna Isern is an award-winning Spanish writer who is also a child psychologist. Her many works have been translated into over a dozen languages. Susanna grew up surrounded by the Pyrenees Mountains.Manon Gauthier has been nominated for two Governor General's Awards and has illustrated dozens of books for both Canadian and European p...
Title:Middle BearFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:34 pages, 10.38 × 9.25 × 0.38 inShipping dimensions:10.38 × 9.25 × 0.38 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771388420

ISBN - 13:9781771388429

Appropriate for ages: 3


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Middle children will love this Middle Bear hates being in the middle of everything. Everything for him is middle sized. When his parents are in need of help he is the only one who can get to the medicine. Being middle didn't seem so bad after that.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superhero Middle Bear! If you are a middle child then you will know exactly the feelings middle bear experiences as this tale is told. He is the second of three brothers. He is too young to hang out with his older brother and too young to do things with his baby brother. Everything about his life, his activities and his sibling placement in the family is middle-sized. He longs to feel special and noticed by the others around him. His father often goes out with his older brother to collect walnuts and almonds while his mother naps with his younger brother leaving him to read a book by himself. He begins to feel depressed and sorry for himself. However can he get himself noticed and rid himself of the middle-child-syndrome blues? The tears he shed can not wash away his sadness and feelings of unworthiness. One day his parents fall ill and urgently request that the three brothers go off on a mission to fetch them some willow tree bark to cure their maladies. Nervous and apprehensive the three leave to go to the mountains to grant their parent's wishes. The exciting turn of events is that the mission can only be completed by guess who??? Yes, middle bear!!! He becomes the hero of the day and finally is celebrated and fussed over by everyone in his family. Hurray for Middle Bear!!! What a great book about family values and how important it is to make every child feel like they are number one. The illustrations are truly unique and very kid-friendly. I highly recommend this charming heartwarming story.
Date published: 2017-05-31

Editorial Reviews

A solid tale about birth order and finding one's own strengths rather than worrying about measuring up when compared with others.-School Library Journal