Literature 411: “I am NOT a Bear”

I am both excited and nervous to review this book because it’s my first children’s book. I don’t read this genre very often, but I’m glad I did. It’s such a cute story!

The story starts off with Bennie the Koala bear who is tired of hearing everyone that stops by her a exhibit calling her a bear, since he’s not a bear. She decides to set off and tell the other animals that she is not a bear, but a marsupial. Along her journey, she also learns a lot of things from the other animals.

I really enjoyed this book, even if I was only reading it to myself. The illustrations are beautiful and from what I understand was done by a young artist (still in middle school). I do hope to see more of her work, she’s very talented.

Aside from the illustrations, I love the story. Every children’s book teaches a lesson and this book is no different. Lisa Chong educates our young readers, through Bennie, about misconceptions. The story is simple and straight-forward, which is what our children need. I appreciate that lesson.

This book is definitely on my Christmas present list for my younger cousins.

Stay tuned for the author interview!

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