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A Visitor for Bear Paperback – July 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (July 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140632342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406323429
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 9.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,699,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bear seems happy in this solitude and even has a sign posted on his house, “No visitors allowed.” A mouse who taps on Bear’s door is told to go away. But Mouse won’t, and keeps reappearing until Bear finally dissolves into tears and gives in. Soon Bear realizes it’s pleasant having someone else around, and when Mouse is ready to leave, Bear doesn’t want him to go; he even removes the sign, declaring that it was for really just for salesmen, “not for friends.” Watercolor, ink and gouache illustrations in a soft color palette show a comfortable, expansive house that seems to emphasize Bear’s need for a friend to fill it up. The characters are highly expressive, making the pictures fun, and the dramatic text will lend itself to reading aloud. Pair this with Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Dog and Bear (2007). Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The lively repetition and superb pacing make this an ideal choice for storytime.
—School Library Journal (starred review) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I read this book to my 3 and 5 year old girls and they just loved it.
Patricia Almeida
My boss read through this book and sighed with relief when he got to the end.
E. R. Bird
The illustrations are very cute and interesting and the story is wonderful.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Cute is hard. Picture book cute, that is. A lot of people might disagree with that, but I'm going to make a case here. There's a perception out there that if you slap a pair of big brown eyes and a furry tail on something, badda-bing! Instant adorable. Picture books, however, offer the greatest test any author or artist has to face. Because cute isn't just a visual state. It's reliant on a story that can be touching without becoming candy-coated and saccharine. It requires a certain level of restraint on both the author and the illustrator's part. Cute is hard to do and do well. Like I say, anyone can fake it and end up on a line of greeting cards, but very few people can make cute count for something. Bonny Becker can. With her remarkable "A Visitor for Bear," Becker teams with top notch illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton to bring us a book that actually goes on beyond "cute" into something more. This is a book that warms the cold cockles of even the grumpiest heart. People who cringe at the sight of "Bambi" and shudder at baby chicks will be instantly charmed by Becker and Denton's tale of a grump that learns that sometimes the right visitor is worth the vexation that comes with giving up your privacy.

Bear's pretty good at keeping people away. No one ever visits him, and just in case one does he has a big sign in front that reads, "NO visitors allowed". Just in case. Everything is fine and dandy until one day a mouse "small and gray and bright-eyed" knocks on the door. Bear says in no uncertain terms that he is not keen on visitors. The mouse seems to understand, but when Bear attempts to get out a bowl for himself, there sits the mouse asking for a spot of tea.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my children - a 2 yr old girl and an almost 5 year old boy - and they BOTH love it.

Frankly, I love reading it. Even my husband enjoyed listening in to tonight's reading.

The illustrations and the writing work really well together.

The humour is obvious enough for the little ones with a little extra that makes it enjoyable for adults too.

The vocabulary choices make it more interesting than many children's books. Accessible, but enough of a stretch that some new words are introduced. (like "whisked" (which my son loves)and "insufferable")

It's just adorable and genuine. And I don't mind that it's become the new favorite (which means I can expect to be reading it every night for the next few weeks!)
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a parent and a longtime writer and editor who loves children's books -- even now that my own children are grown. So, the reason to buy this delightful new book is that it's quite simply a fun tale of two characters who spring to life so vividly that you'll want to enjoy this little slapstick adventure with Mouse and Bear over and over again.

But I want to point out that there's a spiritual insight here. And I'm not calling it a "lesson," because that kind of "conclusion" would kill the light-as-a-feather fun in this book.

But the insight about hospitality dawns toward the end of the book when the Bear suddenly discovers the reason that he shouldn't be so quick to try to kick out his plucky little visitor. It comes at the point when the weary Bear decides he must put up with his little guest -- then a realization hits him: This mouse actually wants to appreciate him and his home.

The story says: "The mouse looked most attentive. No one had ever been most attentive to bear."

It's the hinge of the story -- dropped so softly into the narrative that everything turns quite naturally.

But the truth is -- a whole lot of people are talking, these days, about the need to reclaim the timeless spiritual truths of hospitality in a post 9/11 world. There are some very serious books for adults about "the sacred art" of hospitality.

So, how do we explore those values as parents? Well, we tell stories. We read books. We weave a lively tapestry of tales.

One excellent choice? Read someone you love, "A Visitor for Bear."
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ellen hathaway on June 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have three kids, as many kids' bookshelves, and about a billion kids' books have passed through our house. There are many I love, but this book grabbed me in a way few have. I bought it on the spot, for no reason, and have spent many afternoons reading it to my kids (even the ones who might think they are "too old" for it seem to slowly get pulled in each time.)

There was a staff review card attached to the shelf under this book, and I remember seeing the words "instant classic" written. No words could better describe this book, and I am waiting anxiously to see if more Bear and Mouse books are published.
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Format: Hardcover
"A Visitor for Bear" is a perfect story for preschoolers and anyone else for that matter. It tells the story of Bear, a rather reclusive character who prefers to live alone, undisturbed and even posts a sign on his front door "No Visitors Allowed". Things change when bear gets a visit -from a persistent, cute little mouse who just won't take NO for an answer and keeps popping up in the unlikeliest of places, much to the disgruntled Bear's annoyance. What happens eventually is the sweetest thing - friendship.

The book deftly handles the themes of loneliness and friendship, and the sentences are simply written - perfect for preschoolers. The illustrations are in watercolor and very beautiful with touches of humor, depicting the extremely annoyed Bear and the ever persistent Mouse to such an effect that one can't help but laugh out loud at their antics. Highly recommended and perfect for reading aloud.
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