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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
"Prince Bear & Pauper Bear" written by Emily Lim and illustrated by Neal Sharp is a well-written story teaching the concepts of empathy and friendship to young children. Prince Bear and Pauper Bear are both waiting in a toy shop for someone to buy them, take them home and ultimately love them. Prince Bear thinks highly of himself and looks down on others, particularly Pauper Bear, who cannot speak and looks poorly on the outside. A girl who has much in life enters the shop and buys Prince Bear and for a short while he is the favored toy, but soon he is cast aside and life is not what he expected it to be. Pauper Bear is discovered by a boy who enters the shop one day with very little money. He is given Pauper Bear since no one else wants him. Pauper Bear is treated well and is finally loved and appreciated. One day the bears meet up once again and Pauper Bear is faced with a choice of whether to help Prince Bear or not.
This is a beautiful book, both the illustrations and the story! Children are able to learn about compassion, empathy and looking beyond the surface through the interactions of two teddy bears who are very different on the outside, but really are the same as they are both yearning for someone to love them. Pauper Bear is treated badly by Prince Bear while they are living in the toy shop together and it would be so easy and also understandable for Pauper Bear to ignore Prince Bear's pleas of help when they meet up a year later. However, Pauper Bear risks his standing as being the favored toy and reaches out and helps Prince Bear showing that he forgives him and cares about him. A great lesson for children and the lesson that how they treat others is very important will stay with them long after reading this book!