Dog And Bear; Two Friends, Three Stories


Written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan/March 2007
(Other editions: My Readers edition/March 2012)

What do a frisky dachshund and a slightly timid stuffed bear have in common?  They are best friends.  Here are three funny, beguiling and meltingly tender stories about the ups and downs of friendship, ideal for emergent readers to read all by themselves, or better yet, to share with a friend.

Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Winner Best Picture Book, 2007
American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, 2008
Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2007
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2007
New York Public Library Best Books for Giving and Sharing, 2007
Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Best Books of the Year, 2007
Oprah’s Book Club Kids List Recommended Book, 2008
Philadelphia Inquirer Best Books of the Year, 2007
Eric Carle Museum Picture Book of Distinction, 2007
Illinois Monarch Award, 2008
Children’s Choice Award, 2008

starred review/School Library Journal
“The eye-catching artwork shines with humor and warmth… Endearing… Told with simplicity and charm.”

starred review/Horn Book
“Stories about a pair of friends almost always hark back to the enduring richness found in Lobel’s FROG AND TOAD tales.  This duo is worthy of the comparison.”

starred review/Publishers Weekly
“… As inventive and fresh as Seeger’s HIDDEN ALPHABET, the three gentle stories in this inspired collection are utterly charming… After turning the last page, young readers will beg ‘Read to me again!’ for this enchanting trio of tales.”

starred review/Booklist
“Seeger, whose BLACK? WHITE! DAY? NIGHT! was a 2007 Booklist Editors’ Choice, introduces a pair of endearing animal friends in this winning picture book… Perfectly paced for new readers who will love the dose of humor at each story’s close… Charming.”

starred review/Kirkus Reviews
“Seeger moves from the concept book she has become known for to the classic friendship book with ease, her just-right dialogue developing her characters swiftly and cleanly… A happy crossover between early readers and read-alouds.”