Count the Ways, Little Brown Bear by Jonathan London

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Little Brown Bear wants to know how much his mother loves him. "You can count the ways," she says. She loves him more than he loves to gobble one pie, more than he loves to read six books, even more than he loves getting nine kisses. But that's not enough for a little bear who isn't ready for bed. Finally, Mama Brown Bear comes up with an example that helps Little Brown Bear count himself to sleep. A mother's deep and steady love and a child's playful spirit are captured in this charming bedtime counting book.
 

About Jonathan London

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Jonathan London was born a "navy-brat" in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences but never formally studied literature or creative writing. He began to consider himself a writer about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. For some 20 years before he penned his first children's book, London was writing poetry and short stories for adults. In the early 1970s, he was reading his poems in San Francisco jazz clubs, and those experiences found their way into his witty children's book Hip Cat, which has been featured on the PBS children's television show Reading Rainbow. After writing down the tale The Olw Who Became the Moon in 1989, London began to wonder if other people might want to read it. He picked up his kids' copy of Winnie-the-Pooh and saw that the book was published by Dutton, so he casually decided to send his story to them. Surprisingly enough, they wanted to publish him. Working with different illustrators, and occasionally with co-authors, London has produced literally dozens of books. Most have appeared under his name, but some have come out under a pseudonym, which still remains a secret.He has published over forty books and has earned recognitions from organizations like the National Science Teachers Association. Margie Moore has illustrated Stephanie S. Tolan's Bartholomew's Blessing. She and her family live on the New Jersey Shore.
 
Published January 28, 2002 by Dutton Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An evening repast enjoyed outdoors inspires a flurry of counting games for a mother bear and her young cub.

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The title character asks his mother to quantify her love for him, and she finds examples throughout the day for every number from 1 to 10.

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After a day of showing that she loves him more than everything from pies to teddy bears, Mother Brown Bear tucks in her child with "I love you more than all the stars in the sky," and Little Brown Bear falls asleep, appropriately enough, counting.

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