7 Delightful Bear Books to Read with your Kids

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Featuring some of the best-loved bears in children’s literature, these leading titles are sure to take up a special place in your child’s heart.


The Winnie-the-Pooh collection by A.A Milne

If you have not read this literary gem to your kids yet, they are missing out on something big! It has been 91 years since A.A Milne’s timely classic was published in 1926, but Christopher Robin and Pooh are two fictional characters whose names have stuck through generations.

Pick up this bestseller when you visit us next- and find out why Pooh has been named the Bear for All Ages- in our collection of stories with Pooh, his friends and their adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Winnie-the-Pooh

In this story Pooh gets into a tight place, nearly catches a Woozle and heads off on an ‘expotition’ to the North Pole with the other animals.

In this stunning edition of Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne’s world-famous story is once again brought to life by E.H. Shepard’s illustrations. Heart-warming and funny, Milne’s masterpiece reflects the power of a child’s imagination like no other story before or since.

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The House at Pooh Corner

This is the second classic children’s story by A.A. Milne about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. In this volume Pooh meets the irrepressible Tigger for the first time, learns to play Poohsticks and sets a trap for a Heffalump.

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When We Were Very Young

Curl up with A. A. Milne’s classic book of poetry for children, When We Were Very Young. This is the first volume of rhymes written especially for children by Milne – as popular now as when they were first written.This collection is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children’s poetry, offering the same sense of humour, imagination and whimsy that we’ve come to expect from Milne’s favourite books about Winnie-the-Pooh, that Bear of Very Little Brain.

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Now We Are Six

Curl up with Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin in A. A. Milne’s classic book of poetry for children, Now We Are Six.

This work includes poems for children which feature Pooh helping Christopher Robin with his schoolwork (if helping is the word). It is an evocation of childhood, through the eyes of the six-year-old Robin.

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Listen to a sample of “Now We Are Six” here.


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The classic novel about Paddington—who’s now a major movie star!

Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Peru when the Browns first met him in Paddington Station. Since then, their lives have never been quite the same . . . for ordinary things become extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.

First published in 1958, A Bear Called Paddington is the first novel by Michael Bond, chronicling the adventures of this lovable bear. Paddington has charmed readers for generations with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. This brand-new edition of the classic novel contains the original text by Michael Bond and illustrations by Peggy Fortnum.

“Paddington has joined Pooh as one of the great bears of English children’s literature” -The Teacher


 

My Father is a Polar Bear- Michael morpurgo

“Look at the polar bears,” said Terry. “You see that one on the left, the fatter one? That’s our dad – our real dad. But you’re not to tell.”

Drawing on Michael Morpurgo’s own childhood experience of first seeing his real father on television, My Father Is a Polar Bear tells the story of two young brothers rediscovering their birth father in the most unlikely of places – and in an entirely unexpected guise!

A warm and delightful tale of family bonds and love told by a master storyteller and beautifully illustrated by a talented new artist.

Great for starting conversation with your children or grandchildren. -Daily Mirror


 

Grrrrr!-Rob Biddulph

Come join Fred the Bear on a stunningly illustrated journey to be crowned Grrrrr! by [Biddulph, Rob]the best bear in the wood and, just maybe, learn that there might be more to life than training…

Each year, for as long as the forest has stood,
A contest is held for the bears of the wood…

And Fred is the champion. He’s just that good.

Fred is the Best Bear in the Wood – and he’s got the medals to prove it. Being the best takes a lot of hard work, and time on your own, but Fred doesn’t mind.
Until a new bear moves to town, and Fred’s champion GRRRRR goes missing… How will he ever win now? Or will Fred instead learn that some things are more important than winning?

The second stunning, captivating and witty picture book from the immensely talented Rob Biddulph, whose debut BLOWN AWAY won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

 


 

The 11th installment of “Wimpy Kid” coming soon! Who’s excited?

 

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We’re excited for the latest release of the eleventh installment of Jeff Kinney’s internationally bestselling series The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: “Double Down”. We hope you are too! Make sure to grab your copy early; they fly off our shelves very fast.

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Source: www.wimpykidclub.co.uk

The pressure’s piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games, but his parents want him to broaden his horizons by doing something—anything!—else.

When Greg finds an old video camera in his basement, he thinks he may have discovered just the thing to prove he’s got big-time talent. With the help of his best friend, Rowley, Greg hatches a plan to make a scary movie . . . and to become rich and famous in the process.

But is doubling down on movie-making a smart plan? Or is it just a recipe for increasing Greg’s troubles?

ISBN: 978-1-4197-2344-5
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Double Down

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A Literary Bouquet for Mothers!

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast on 8th May and if you’re looking for a perfect gift here are our picks for this special lady.

Show her how much you love her with these thoughtful gifts we’ve picked for her that are guaranteed to bring on a smile. Indulge mom further by bringing her to the Chapters Book Club meet up where we will be discussing work of the famous Bard “Shakespeare for grown-ups: Everything you need to know about the bard (Coats & Foley)” with Dr Devika Brendon.  Take a seat with mom and enjoy a pleasant evening at Chapters – coffee, books and great conversation is guaranteed to make a perfect evening.

  •  Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now by Ann Imig

We all need a pick-me-up sometimes and this hardcover hilarious book of essays does just the job. The book is a compilation of personal thought-provoking essays on motherhood and maternal love.

“Listen to Your Mother is a fantastic awakening of why our mothers are important, taking readers on a journey through motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humour.”

The stories in the book cover such different aspects of motherhood- from special needs parenting, LGBT, step-parenting, surrogacy, foster parenting and the list goes on. Notable bestselling authors Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Weiner are also among the contributors of this enthralling compilation.

“Brimming with essays from quick-witted, unique writers—ranging from new voices to established ones like Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Weiner—this book covers all parenting territory. Part of it is funny and a lot of it is tear-jerking… You may find yourself staying up way past your bedtime because this one is so hard to put down.”

Parents magazine

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  • Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

This amazing storyteller of an author may sound familiar for those who attended the Fairway Galle Literary Festival earlier this year. Anuradha25448677 Roy was the winner of the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for Sleeping on Jupiter. The book is bound to suit reading enthusiasts of 21st century Asian literature and cultural fiction, among other genres. Sleeping on Jupiter received rave reviews from readers across the globe and has received critical acclaim from other contemporaries.

Readers can get an abundant view of modern day India and the relationships as well as religion and love that bind them together. The book is also highly recommended for those who are open to any genre, which in this case, is the ideal pick, owing to the authors fresh narrative and unique talent.

Read the original book description here.

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  • The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Santa Montefiore

19876015This book beautifully portrays the peerless relation between mothers and daughters. Brimming with emotion, The Beekeeper’s Daughter shifts between two time zones, that of 1932 England and 1973 Massachusetts.

This simple women’s fiction novel, being devoid of complicated details and numerous characters, is the ideal gift for mother’s who deserve some time apart from everyday stress. Santa Montefiore excels in creating a  rather impressive plot line that shows how far we’d go to find true love and the relationships that bind us, regardless of time and place.

“because in spite of the most terrible suffering, the heart goes on loving; that is the beauty of love.”

Tip: The ending will leave you with a good deal of emotion. Highly recommended for readers of contemporary and romantic fiction.

For full book description, click here.

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  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

(Featuring cover artwork from the major motion picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Adam Driver)

20821338This book made us laugh out loud! The author of Everything Changes made headlines with this high spirited and entertaining novel of family, love marriage and divorce.

“The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit Shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she’s pregnant.”

“It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.”


“Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking…[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche.” USA Today


This is Where I Leave You is a must read for anyone looking for a laugh!

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  • My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

    This powerful novel by award winning author Elizabeth Strout is one of those novels every book lover must own! My Name is Lucy Barton received much praise, being the April pick for our book club launch on April 3rd. This moving story between Lucy and her mother will make you question the unimaginable. Strout’s insight and powerful writing form the backbone of this literary masterpiece.

“It interests me how we find ways to feel superior to another person, another group of people. It happens everywhere, and all the time. Whatever we call it, I think it’s the lowest part of who we are, this need to find someone else to put down.”


Dr. Devika Brendon who leads our book club had this to say:

“Reading the book is like listening to Lucy Barton speak to you, like watching a person put a puzzle together, seeing how the pieces fit and arranging them in a way that makes sense to her at last. A tough, moving & realistic story told in the first person, about the need to survive when love is not there to rescue you.”


“A short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds . . . It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one.”—Marion Winik, Newsday


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  • Rosa’s Thai Café- The Cookbook

Rosa's Thai Cafe: The CookbookBook Synopsis- In keeping with the contemporary twist on authentic Thai cuisine “Rosa’s Thai Café The Cookbook” celebrates traditional Thai cooking techniques. The book features over 100 recipes, including dishes from the menu at Rosa’s as well as family favourites and regional dishes from founder Saiphin Moore’s regular trips back home. Recipes range from the aromatic Beef Massaman Curry to the Soft Shell Crab Salad, Larb Spring Rolls, homemade Sriracha Sauce and Mangoes with Sticky Rice.

 

 Non book gifts

  • Bookend Singles

Made from just a single piece of thin, durable polypropylene, these inventive bookends use a novel ‘living hinge’ tosolve a usually bulky bookend problem. They fold flat (great for retailers), they stand up straight (great for books) and, ifwe do say so ourselves, they look pretty fab anywhere around the home – which is great for everyone else.

On the base, each has complimentary coloured grippy feet to keep them rock steady, the bookends can be easily wiped clean and, most importantly, they’re very, very strong!

Sold as singles, if you only want one, or why not mingle, mix and match your perfect bookend partner from a choice of 7punchy colours in our singles dating lounge (or display box!). Perfectly at home in the lounge, kitchen, study or children’s bedrooms and absolutely ideal everywhere in the office.

  • alphabooks

Notebook shaped in the letter A, filled with quality cream plain paper, over 100 sheets.
Alphabet Letter Notebook from the new Alphabooks range.

This particular Alphabook is a gorgeous notebook in the shape of the letters with a clever book spine so it would blend in on a bookshelf! It is a unique personal gift for a stationary fan or a nice accessory for someone that loves their home! A fantastic product!

Measurements Approximately 13 x 19 x 3cm

  • the brilliant reading rest

The Brilliant Reading Rest comes in glorious technicolor – in fact, seven rather dashing technicolors that are right on-trend.

This one is durable and wipe-cleanable making it particularly suitable for the kitchen or workshop. It can be easily adjusted to three angle settings and conveniently folds down flat when not in use. But when wouldn’t it be!??

We think it’s very much brilliant by name, brilliant by colour and all round brilliant by design. This one is certainly ready to stand up and be counted!

 

 

Dr. Seuss’s Books: A must-read collection for kids

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The Beginner Books collection by Dr. Seuss is a beloved series of funny and original children’s books that has been cherished by kids of all ages and adults alike! These books make the ideal gift for birthdays, happy occasions and new parents.

Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime!

  1. The Cat in the Hat

To accompany the release of the live action movie of The Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat- Dr Seussstarring Mike Myers, HarperCollins are proud to present Dr. Seuss’s original, classic tale of the coolest, hippest cat in history!

When the Cat in the Hat steps in on the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a roller-coaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but it means lots of thrills and spills along the way.

The wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat is one of the most popular characters in children’s fiction, and this book is ideal for budding readers to tackle on their own.

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2. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

 

Oh, The Places You'll Go!- Dr. SeussIn this classic Seussian tale, the good doctor primes his readers against all the little mishaps and misadventures that can befall even the best of us – from bang-ups and hang-ups to lurches and slumps – encouraging us to take life in our stride!

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”

A joyous ode to life, Dr. Seuss addresses graduates of all ages, from nursery school to medical school, and gives them the get-up-and-go to move mountains with the unrivaled exuberance and charm that have made Dr. Seuss’s books favorites for years.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

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3. The Lorax

“UNLESS someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.”

Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speakingThe Lorax through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty. His classic cautionary tale is now available in an irresistible mini-edition, perfect for backpack or briefcase, for Arbor Day, Earth Day, and every day.

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”

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4. Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham- Dr SeussDo you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently.

With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.

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5. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish- Dr SeussOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a 1960 children’s book by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel). A simple rhyming book for learner readers, it is a book with a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl, and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish was part of the Beginner Book Video series which included Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! and The Foot Book.

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6. Fox in Socks

In this hilarious book, the irrepressible Fox in Socks teaches a baffled Mr. Fox in Socks- Dr SeussKnox some of the slickest, quickest tongue-twisters in town.

With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranked among the UK’s top ten favourite children’s authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller, with nearly half a billion books sold worldwide.

“Don’t give up! I believe in you all.
A person’s a person, no matter how small!
And you very small persons will not have to die
If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”

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Get to know the author!

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Throughout his career, cartoonist and writer Dr. Seuss published over 60 books. His children’s books like ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ were some of his most famous works.

Acclaimed writer Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines. Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, changing the face of children’s literature forever. It was rejected 27 times before it was finally published by Vanguard Press in 1937.

Following the war, Geisel and his first wife Helen moved to La Jolla, California, where he wrote and published several children’s books in the coming years, including If I Ran the Zoo and Horton Hears a Who! A major turning point in Geisel’s career came when, in response to a 1954 Life magazine article that criticized children’s reading levels, Houghton Mifflin and Random House asked him to write a children’s primer using 220 vocabulary words. The resulting book, The Cat in the Hat, was published in 1957 and was described by one critic as a “tour de force.” The success of The Cat in the Hat cemented Geisel’s place in children’s literature.

In the years that followed, Geisel wrote many more books, both in his new simplified-vocabulary style and using his older, more elaborate technique, and including such favorites as Green Eggs and Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In 1966, with the help of eminent cartoonist Chuck Jones, The Grinch was adapted into an animated film.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss overall was the author and illustrator of 44 children’s books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children’s books in the world. Following the death of his first wife Helen Geisel in 1967, Geisel wed ‘Audrey Stone’, who remained his wife until his death on September 24, 1991 at the age of 87.

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How many have you got? Get the entire collection from Chapters now.

5 Laugh Out Loud Books to Read With Your Kids!

  1. The Book With No Pictures by B. J Novak

A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novakaloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.
You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .

BLORK. Or BLUURF.

Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.


 

 “Conceptually radical . . . making the refreshing and contrarian case that words alone have sensory and imaginative vibrancy to spare.”—Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review

“This book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and it’s perfect for one-on-one sharing with a parent or caregiver. Expect requests for repeated readings.”—School Library Journal

“Will have little ones laughing and finding a new appreciation for words.”— Entertainment Weekly


Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)
–Penguin Random House

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2. Books by Jeremy Strong

At Chapters, you will find a range of ‘Laugh Your Socks Off with Jeremy Strong’ books that are sure to give you and your kids tears of laughter with his funny, witty and original stories coupled with delightful illustrations! As a full time writer, Jeremy Strong has written over 70 books, including the hugely popular Hundred Mile an Hour Dog books.

Browse our web store for the entire collection:

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3. My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara

17405203When Tom’s big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist, his first experiment involves dunking Frankie the goldfish into toxic green gunk. Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a battery and bring him back to life! But there’s something weird about the new Frankie. He’s now a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with hypnotic powers . . . and he’s out for revenge!

 

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish is a series that will keep kids laughing out loud long after they finish reading them!

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4. Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams

The hotly-anticipated next novel from NUMBER ONE bestselling author, David Walliams!

Grandpa’s Great Escape is set in a small town near London in the 1980s. Grandpa is beginning to forget more and more and Jack is starting to get worried. One night Grandpa goes missing. Jack’s family go searching for him and eventually find him at the top of the church spire. That was where the trouble began… (Guardian)


 


“Another triumph for David Walliams. His books are a breath of wonderful fresh air” – Sun

“David Walliams’ children’s books are now guaranteed bestsellers… watch this fly off the shelves” – Daily Mail

An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa – this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart.

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Browse the rest of David Walliam’s collection here

5. Opal Moonbaby by Maudie Smith

Originally published as Opal Moonbaby, this is the first in a funny, warm-hearted series about friendship – and aliens! If you love Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy or Liz Kessler, you’ll love reading about Opal Moonbaby.

Martha’s decided that friends are stupid. Especially if they’re anything like Colette and Chloe. She never wants another friend. Ever.

But it’s the first day of the summer holidays, and there’s not that much to do … until she spots a strange little furry creature who leads her to Opal Moonbaby. Opal’s been sent down from her planet with a special mission: she needs to work out what on earth people are (and my goodness – people are strange) and make a friend. Can Martha help Opal make the Best Friend Project a success?


 

“The story of an alien who comes to earth on a mission to make friends,
this is a rather lovely debut. Quirky and very charming, Opal is something of a futuristic Pippi Longstocking, which can only be a good thing” ―BOOKSELLER

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