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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
The team effort of Kristina Schoettle, Elizabeth Welch, Stephen Welch, and Dominic Schoettle knocked the ball out of the park with The Bear in The Blue Bowtie. This children’s book is full of humor and rhymes. The writers are Kristina and Elizabeth, with illustrations by Dominic and Stephen. I have seen many children’s books with contrived rhymes, but this book uses natural rhyming that flows from the tip of the pen. There are no twisted ways of pronouncing words to make them rhyme. Talk about politeness! I wish people would be as polite as the bear in the blue bowtie. You can tell he had a proper upbringing. This is an excellent book for teaching etiquette and manners to your children. It is so delightful that I read it twice.
Manners and proper etiquette are woefully lacking in society today. As a result, interactions tend to be abrupt and rude. Modern inventions have given us more and more free time, yet communities live at a much faster pace than before. In The Bear in The Blue Bowtie, children are encouraged to socialize at a slow, leisurely pace. Amazing friendships can develop when one takes the time to relax and learn about each other. You cannot get more different than a child, a mannerly bear, and a bird, yet these three develop a friendship and share. Kristina Schoettle, Elizabeth Welch, Stephen Welch, and Dominic Schoettle are an excellent writing and illustrating team. Your child will love the rhymes as well as the illustrations. The bear is huggable, while the story is delightful. If I had grandchildren, this book would be found in their room and on their reading list.