Review of Bear and Chicken by Jannie Ho

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Book is About

“Bear and Chicken” tells the story of an unlikely friendship and a good Samaritan. Bear walked during the winter and he stumbled onto a frozen chicken. He brought the chicken home and helped her thaw and be warm. Then he prepared ingredients for a lunch of soup. But Chicken thought that Bear was going to eat her! She tried to run away. Bear chased after her and explained that he was cooking lunch for the two of them. They then started to talk about being friends and eating lunch together.

The book also explains that Black Bears found in North America are mostly vegetarian, and so it is not just wishful thinking that the bear is a vegetarian.

Book Information

Title:  Bear and Chicken
Author & Illustrator:  Jannie Ho
Published by Running Press Kids, an Imprint of Perseuc Books, LLC.
Copyright 2017 by Jannie Ho

About the Author & Illustrator

from the back flap jacket: 

Jannie Ho has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons The New School of Design and has been an in-house graphic designer at Nickelodeon and Scholastic, as well as art director for TIME For Kids. Since 2006, she has been doing illustration work full time. Jannie lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Please visit her on the web at, on Twiter @JannieHo, or on Instagram @chickengirldesign.

Values or Lessons

The book teaches the importance of not judging a person by preconceived notions. A bear, especially the vegetarian kind, could also be a good friend to a chicken. On the flip side, though, the chicken was pretty smart in trying to run away from a predator. So both sides of the story could be a great way to talk to kids about safety and not judging a person.


While reading the book, our son thought that bear was going to eat chicken, which got him scared. He hesitated to read it again after that.


Jannie Ho has worked as illustrator for big TV and print companies, her artwork captures attention. Colors are vivid and the text on each page is sparse. The artworks also illustrate the point of view of the character taking the spotlight in the story.


Overall, Bear and Chicken by Jannie Ho is a fun book that can teach kids about friendship beyond first impressions.

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