Part of my new job this fall will be working with a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom, so I’m trying to devour as many books for that age group as possible this summer. The bulk of my classrooms will be K-2 and of course, I’m still (and will always be) a sucker for a new picture book. I’d heard good things about The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, so I decided to pick it up and see what the fuss was about.
The unknown narrator of this delightfully illustrated tale sets out to explain how the bear came to eat your sandwich. It’s an adventure, with the bear getting whisked away from his home in the woods to ‘a new forest’ with ‘many great climbing spots’. The bear follows his nose and it ultimately leads him to, you guessed it, your sandwich.
The illustrations have a dreamy watercolor like effect that adds to the allure and there is a lot of action going on beyond the text readers will enjoy spotting. Like some of the best children’s books, this one has a surprise twist at the end that should tickle kids and incite conversation about the story. I don’t want to give away the surprise, but suffice it to say, this is one I think most children will want to hear over and over.