Big Bear's Big Boat

by Eve Bunting and Nancy Carpenter

A young, simple sequel to Little Bear's Little Boat. Big Bear is building himself a big boat, but when he follows his friends' advice, it all goes wrong. Big Bear learns that it's important to be true to one's dreams, and to one's friends.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780618585373
  • ISBN-10: 0618585370
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 09/24/2013
  • Carton Quantity: 50

About the book

Big Bear outgrew his little boat, so he is building himself a big boat and can't wait till he's rowing, fishing, and relaxing in it. When his friends start suggesting improvements, Big Bear obligingly follows their advice. To his dismay, his big boat is turning out all wrong. It's because he hasn't followed his own dream, and he knows exactly how to fix it. With all the simplicity, warmth, and wisdom of Little Bear's Little Boat, this book honors an important step in growing up.

About the author
Eve Bunting

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

Nancy Carpenter

Nancy Carpenter, illustrator of many successful picture books, lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"A story riding on a Thoreau-vian sensibility with a Zen serenity. . . . This story is more than just a tale of sticking to your vision—it's a small world unto itself. A keeper."

Kirkus, starred review

"With spare, gentle text and cozy ink-and-paint illustrations, this picture book is nostalgic in feel and has a simple, timeless message about following one's dreams."


"A sweet story about the simple happiness that comes from staying true to oneself."

School Library Journal

"The gentle, simply worded text and childlike bear will appeal to fans of Minarik's Little Bear series, and the short sentences and uncomplicated vocabulary may put this within range of the easy-reader crowd as well."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books