Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Review of Colorful Tales: The Memoirs of Buz the Bear

Welcome to the book tour for Colorful Tales, a delightful collection of fables for children of all ages. I am sharing a review of the book with you today. After you download your own copy, please enter the giveaway and visit other stops on the tour for even more reviews.

Colorful Tales: The Memoirs of Buz the Bear

In Colorful Tales, lessons of love, acceptance, wonder, humility, joy, and courage are tenderly revealed through the adventures of life-loving Buz the Bear. No ordinary bear cub, Buz surprises and delights as he finds meaning in living everyday bear life. Through his stories, young readers find their own unique experiences given shape and purpose while celebrating their love of fun and adventure, the natural world, and the realness of the spirit.


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**My thoughts**
This is a very sweet collection of tales for children of all ages. I think of them more as fables, as each story within teaches children an important lesson, through life as seen through the eyes of Buz, a Kodiak bear who lives in the Arctic tundra. Buz is a little different from all of the other bears, as he is a bit bigger than them and prefers to spend his time chasing flutterbys and rolling around doing somersaults. But he is also extremely sweet and a character that I think children will easily relate to. And the illustrations are just darling.

Buz and the Flutterbys made me think of holding on to your innocence and being a gentle observer in nature to fully appreciate all of its gifts. It also reminded me of a student I once had who also was accidentally rough with butterflies in nature and learned this same lesson.

Buz Makes a Friend shares about the time Buz met Porky Pine, who is quite different from him. They learn to become friends in spite of their differences. Children learn to give others a chance, even when they seem different on the surface, and to forgive each other.

Buz Meets a Cloud has Buz wondering why he can't be like everything else he sees in nature, like why can't he swim like a salmon? Along the way, he learns to just be himself and to celebrate his own abilities, while also appreciating that others have different skills and talents.

Buz Meets Tiffany is a sweet story where Buz gets lost. As he is crying, a young girl named Tiffany finds him and helps him find his way back. They don't speak the same language, and yet are able to communicate and appreciate each other's company.

Buz and the Acorn reminds children to listen to their parents. Sometimes we may not understand the lessons they are trying to impart, but it's often for our own good. At the same time, this one reminds us that sometimes children have to learn the lesson on their own in order to appreciate the wisdom that their parents have.

Buz and the Beaver Dam helps Buz learn about the importance of cooperation as he watches beavers working together to create a dam.

And finally, Buz Has a Dream is Buz reflecting on all of the lessons he has learned throughout these stories and how wise he has become.

Each tale is also accompanied by at least one Bible verse. Even if you aren't into reading the Bible, I think the stories themselves are worth sharing with all children, as they all hold wonderful lessons within.

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.

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