Friday, February 12, 2021

Review: Compare Bear's Double Dare by Kim Linette

I've already had a few other books from this publisher and series up the last months and am finishing them off with probably my most favorite in the series. Now, I'm not usually a big fan of message books, but especially this one had me smiling.

EQ Explorers
by Kim Linette
Illustrated by James Loram
Kuala Cove
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

Compare Bear is unique - he does not do anything bears usually do, like climb trees, run, roar, or go fishing, all because he thinks he can't do these things as well as other animals! Each time he compares himself to another creature, something strange happens...
Danny helps Compare overcome these unexpected surprises and discover that daring to be yourself is an important key to living a big, happy life!

Did you know studies show that emotional intelligence (EQ) is an important key to living a happy, successful life? And unlike IG, EQ can be learned! Each EQ Explorers book teaches important EQ principles and other powerful life lessons - one adventure at a time. 100% of profits from EQ Explorers books helps nurture and empower underserved children. We provide direct donations to charitable initiatives and give books to orphanages, remote libraries, care centers, and more.



The moment this little boy put his foot on a rock and announced he was 'Daring Danny', a smile was guaranteed.

Daring Danny is trying something new; he's going for a hike. He never expected to run into a bear hiding in the bushes. This bear isn't exactly dangerous because it refuses to do anything bears would usually like to do...and it's not because this bear didn't like to do bear things, either. Compare Bear has a problem; he always finds other animals, which can do what he likes to do better than him. And this leads to a very silly and unexpected problem as Danny tries to help him.

This is a funny tale, which will have listeners laughing out loud, while feeling a little bit sorry for Compare Bear. While Danny comes across very self-assured (maybe a bit too much), Bear is simply adorable in all of his huge, furriness and uncertainty. When the first 'mishap' happens, it's more than humorous. With the humor, though, listeners begin to understand how silly it is to always compare yourself to others. 

At the end of the book, there are questions and leads to help open up discussions and explore the meaning behind this book, which makes it great for group settings.

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