[A] sweet story of Mama and Papa raising their child together… McEwen has illustrated her idyllic depiction of family life with appealing earth-toned collages. The bears’ natural world includes stylized trees and snowflakes, a “shivery river” filled with “fat silvery fish,” and grand birds. At one point, the family perches on a bee tree from which one parent pulls a ribbon of honey. … Romantic and attractive…
McEwen’s mostly double-page collage illustrations deftly capture the feel of a dense forest, filled with stylized trees, snowflakes, rocks, and birds. … An appealing … portrayal of serene bear life amid the changing of seasons.
—School Library Journal
Double-page spreads of textured paper collage in muted, natural tones depict rich forest scenes. A bubbling brook, a blanket of snow, and crunchy fallen leaves all evoke an atmosphere of a woodsy wonderland. Bright pops of color come in the form of beribboned birdsong and flowing honey. The illustrations are the true highlight here.