At my kid’s school, there’s a school mascot, a stuffed animal named Bokkie. In Grade 2, every weekend, the chosen child gets to take Bokkie home for the weekend. They then need to do a write-up in Bokkie’s journal on what Bokkie got up to over that weekend. Bokkie goes to sports matches, sleepovers, ice skating…the list is endless. Bokkie is one lucky stuffed animal. Losing Bokkie is not an option! I’m sure my kids would rather drop out of school than go tell their teacher and classmates that Bokkie is MIA!
I was very excited recently when I opened up a book titled ‘The Everywhere Bear‘, by Julia Donaldson. It seems the Everywhere Bear is a version of our very own ‘Bokkie’. The Everywhere Bear goes on adventure after adventure with all the kids in his class. From bus rides, to football, to burgers and even a trip to the moon. Then…..the unthinkable happens…Everywhere Bear is dropped on the way to school….. The book follows exactly what happens to Everywhere Bear on his little adventure and where he eventually ends up.
This is such a delightful story. My kids thoroughly enjoyed this ‘page turner’, because they needed to know what happens and what fate Everywhere Bear will eventually succumb to. In addition to an adventure type of story, I am a sucker for stories that are made up of rhyming words. So we also made a bit of a game of it and they’d need to guess the rhyming word at the end of the next line.
Rebecca Cobb illustrated the book and what a fantastic job she’s done. The use of crayons make it look like a very talented child had input in the book, so it’s really relatable to a child.
My son in Grade 1 has to read 120 books for the year to attain his reading badge, and mom also needs to actually read 40 books to him as well. This book is lovely, as I have read it to him and eventually he will read it by himself as well.
The Everywhere Bear retails for R130, and you can find it online at Loot, Takealot, CNA and various online retailers.
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