Book 18: Old Bear, by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow Books 2008. Toddler to Preschool.
I'm not a big fan of all Kevin Henkes' books, but, lately, his picture books have been astonishingly lovely.
Old Bear, like Kitten's First Full Moon, is a sweet, gentle tale, but unlike Kitten, Old Bear is at the end of his life and he dreams about becoming a cub again. He first dreams that Winter has passed into Spring and that he is sleeping inside a giant crocus. Kevin Henkes takes us through the rest of the seasons with the same amount of imagination, humor and brilliant-hued illustrations. Even the fly-leafs boast outstanding artwork.
After Kitten and Old Bear, I can't wait to read (and probably buy) his next picture book.