~Written by Julia Dweck
~Illustrated by Walter Carzon
Waldon Bear is a little boy who wants to be a bear.
“That’s impossible,” says his teacher, Mrs. Hunter. “Human children grow up to be human adults, not animals!” But Waldon refuses to listen. Can Waldon make it as a bear in school?
Will Waldon convince the other children and Mrs. Hunter that he’s truly meant to be a bear? This humorous look at childhood will charm parents and delight young readers. At its heart, this story carries an inspirational message to believe in yourself and your dreams and for parents to believe in their children, too. And for those who can bearly wait to learn more about bears, the book ends with Mrs. Dweck’s fun facts about bears from around the world.
Faux Paw: A Bear's Story is a wonderfully written story with a timeless message that reminds us all that we can be or do anything we set our minds to. When Mrs. Hunter ask her students what they want to be when they grow up she is unprepared for Walden's answer. When he declares he wants to be a bear, Mrs. Hunter becomes upset and instead of encouraging Walden to follow his dreams she uses words to destroy them. Walden's mom comes to the rescue, she restores his faith in himself and helps him achieve his dream.
I love this story. Many times in life we face people who are quick to criticize our ides, but Walden proves that no matter what others think we should never give up on aspirations. Parents and teachers are also reminded that they play a key role in helping their children succeed in all they do.
The playful illustrations are alluring with brightly detailed animal costumes and comical antics. I also like the clever names of the characters like Janic Katz, Bradley Wolf, Mrs. Hunter.
I highly recommend picking up Faux Paw: A Bear's Story. Available on Amazon.com.