Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

Three little bears break their mother’s beautiful blue seashell by accident. And so, knowing that they are in a lot of trouble, they quickly set out in their sailboat to find another one to replace it before she discovers what they have done.

Along the way, the intrepid trio encounter interesting creatures and characters, as well as mysterious islands, but it takes them literally weathering a terrible storm together, in the same boat, before they realise how they can truly atone for their mistake.

The beautiful watercolours will sweep you along on the bears’ epic voyage, and the valuable life lesson gleaned feels well earned rather than simplistic and trite.

Three Bears in a Boat is a sweet story on the importance of taking responsibility for your own actions, with a little nod to Where the Wild Things Are in the sailboat reference, as well as in the heartwarming resolution.

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