Through spring, summer, and autumn, through streams, swamps, and up and down trees, a mother bear and her cub play an important game of follow the leader. "You're my own little Copycub!" mother bear exclaims. Little does the cub know that each time he imitates his mom, he's learning precious life lessons. When winter suddenly arrives, the bears must make their way to the cozy cave to sleep until springtime. It's a long, hard journey, and as the snow blows into Copycub's eyes and ice fringes his fur, all he wants to do is lie down and sleep. How will his mother convince him to take just a few more steps?
Richard Edwards's simple, gentle text is heartwarming and inspiring. All the rich details of nature and the tender interactions between mother bear and cub are made real in Susan Winter's soft watercolor illustrations.
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Richard Edwards was born in Tonbridge, England, and studied English and American literature at Warwick University. He has also lived in Italy, France, and Spain, and is the author of over twenty picture books and poetry books for children. His previous titles include Copy Me, Copycub and Always Copycub.
Mr. Edwards divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Susan Winter was born in South Africa and graduated from Natal University before becoming a social worker in South Africa and later in London. After the birth of her second child, she studied illustration at the Chelsea School of Art and began a new career as a freelance illustrator of children's books. Her books include Copy Me, Copycub and Always Copycub by Richard Edwards. Ms. Winter lives in West London with her son and daughter.From Publishers Weekly:
In this reassuring tale from a British team, a mother bear affectionately nicknames her offspring "Copycub" because he learns by doing everything she does. "When his mother splashed through a swamp,/ the cub splashed through a swamp./ When his mother sat down for a scratch, the cub sat down for a scratch." The artwork, in close synchrony with the straightforward text, offers warmly rendered, simply composed watercolors that depict the bears leading an idyllic existence in the north woods. Then winter comes, and the bears must head to a distant cave to hibernate. A single snowflake quickly builds to a blizzard, and it is too much for Copycub. In a series of panels, the little bear slowly collapses in the snow: "He couldn't go one step further. All he wanted to do was lie down and go to sleep." It's a somewhat tense, even shocking moment in the previously gentle, almost lulling story: suddenly, Copycub's ability to mimic his mother becomes a matter of life and death. But Edwards and Winter don't shift gears. Rather, this dramatic turn of events reveals the strength of their understated approach. When the next pages reveal the mother bear nudging her exhausted cub successfully to their cave, the audience's relief will be palpable. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060285702
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