Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
In Mike Curato’s funny, poignant picture book Where Is Bina Bear?, a little rabbit throws a party—but can’t find best friend Bina Bear anywhere!
Tiny is having a party, but Bina Bear is nowhere to be found. Is that Bina hiding under a lampshade? It looks like Bina . . . but it must be a lamp. Is that Bina beneath the fruit bowl? It could be . . . but it’s probably just a table.
Searching for Bina, Tiny realizes something is wrong—and sets out to make it right. This is a humorous yet sincere picture book about friendship, understanding, and embracing our loved ones just as they are.
About: Where is Bina Bear? is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Mike Curato. It was published on 1/11/2022 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are children’s fiction, picture book, and social themes. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8. According to the publisher’s website, “Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is known for publishing quality picture books, chapter books, and novels for preschoolers through young adults. Covering a wide variety of genres, our books feature imaginative authors and illustrators who inspire young readers.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Where is Bina Bear? for my toddler’s bedtime on 1/24/2022 and we finished it that same night. We read it again on 2/11/2022. Fantastic story and illustrations! I enjoyed the humor tremendously. There were so many places for Bina to hide and all of them were excellent. I might like Bina as a bookshelf a little more just because I’m a bookworm. Bina as groceries might came in seconds but I liked them all. I liked how patience Tiny was, just going from rooms to rooms searching for Bina and giving her the time to adjust to her comfort. Bina being shy and nervous at crowded party went seeking for places to hide. How cute and kiddish was that Bina hide with just her face. It reminds me of my toddler playing hide and go seek where she went to hide with just her upper body. Reading this book really got me smiling often.
This book started with a birthday party for Tiny with a lot of guests. Tiny looked around the room and couldn’t find Bina so he went to look for her. Tiny entered another room and asked if Bina was there. Bina put a lampshade over her head and answered that no she’s not Bina but she’s a lamp. Then Tiny went to the table and asked if Bina was there but Bina answered that she was a table because she crouched down just like a table. Tiny went outside of the house and asked if the tree was Bina but the tree said she’s not Bina but she’s a tree. Tiny sat on the swing hanging from a tree eating a banana and offered to share his banana with the tree. The tree accepted the offer. Through many places of hide and seek, Bina finally admitted to Tiny that she didn’t like parties but she only came because she liked Tiny. Bina and Tiny were gone for a long time so the remaining crowds went searching for them.
Where is Bina Bear? is definitely an awesome book for kids. It had a good friendship story between Tiny and Bina. Young readers will be able to relate to Bina if they are ever nervous in crowded places. Even starting at a new school and meeting new people, for anyone who’s shy can certainly identify with Bina. The author made Bina big to show readers that shyness doesn’t discriminate how big or small a person is. You would never think a small someone could comfort a big strong person, or in this case, a little rabbit comforting a big bear. Friendship came in different forms. This book has an array of colors so my toddler got to rehearse her knowledge of colors. A great read and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Mike Curato is the award-winning author and illustrator of the Little Elliot series and the graphic novel Flamer, and has illustrated a number of other books for children, including What If… (by Samantha Berger), Worm Loves Worm, and All the Way to Havana. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website, Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.