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From Publishers Weekly

A youngster hurries to keep up with a bear as he tries out various methods of transportation in Blackstone and Harter's eye-catching paper-over-board book, a companion to their Bear in a Square. Rhythmic quatrains in question-and-answer format establish the momentum for each spread: "Bear on a bike,/ As happy as can be,/ Where are you going, bear?/ Please wait for me!" A child runs after the bear, who answers on the following page: "I'm going to the market,/ Where fruit and flowers are sold,/ Where people buy fresh oranges/ And pots of marigold." A different environment emerges on each spread, whether the busy outdoor market peopled with funny shoppers (like the elderly lady with a rooster on her head) or the teepee-dotted prairie that the bear crosses by covered wagon. The abundance of bright colors and busy patterns is contained by tidy draftsmanship, so that the overall effect is manageably dynamic and frolicsome. This travel primer has plenty of get-up-and-go. Ages 2-5.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-A bear takes off to see the world on a variety of vehicles: a bicycle, a raft, a covered wagon, a steam train, a sailboat, a hot-air balloon, a carriage, and a rocket. As each mode of transportation is introduced, a young African-American boy calls out, "Where are you going, bear?/Please wait for me!" The bear takes the child along on his journeys where he discovers exciting animals, people, and places. As the bear blasts off in the rocket, the boy remains behind and calls out, "Wherever you are going, bear,/Goodbye and goodnight!" Despite several awkward rhythms, the story works as a read-aloud. The strength of this book, however, lies in Harter's flat, colorful cartoon art. Black-and-white accents in the cheery, sun-drenched landscapes unite the illustrations and add balance. The bear is depicted as a friendly, caramel-brown creature who comfortably walks through a multicultural world of interesting, jolly people. The playful pictures extend to the endpapers where the various modes of transportation glide across a turquoise background.
Shawn Brommer, Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY
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Product Details

  • Series: Bear (Stella Blackstone)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; New edition (September 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905236980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905236985
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stella Blackstone has written many bestselling titles for Barefoot Books, including the popular Bear and Cleo series, An Island in the Sun, Secret Seahorse and Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo? Stella lives with her family in Somerset.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kennedy19 on November 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Bear at Home" is a very colorful and satisfying book for preschoolers. Basically it involves a tour of bear's house (he lives like a human does, and his pet cat also appears on every page) and his activities in each room, told in rhyming couplets. "This is the hallway where bear climbs the stairs... and this is the library with big, cozy chairs." The book's beginning invites us to "open the door, and what do you see?" which makes for great one-on-one sharing with toddlers, who will be glad to point out the various objects found in the house. The art work is simple, appealing, and very colorful, right down to the endpapers. Best of all, there is a map of bear's house at the end of the book showing all the rooms we have visited. (I would have loved that as a kid, and would have wanted to draw a map of my own house!) A good book for kids ages 1-3.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My almost 2 year old enjoyed this book as much as I did when we read it at the bookstore. My son loves books, but when we are around so many in the store, it takes a very good book for him to sit and listen to the entire book without being distracted. This book kept his attention! I highly recomment Bear on a Bike for toddlers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Luers on July 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
There is something special about this book. A great read outloud -- it still holds the attention of my four year old. Allows for the child to anticipate and read with you. Very cheerful in tone and illustration, simple, but still adds a couple of nice vocabulary words. My daughter has moved on to much more complicated books, but this one is still read and appreciated.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. I read it to my 5 month old and it actually holds her attention. She loves the bright colors so much so that I will sometimes just lay her on the floor and open the pages for her. The rhyming doesn't bother me - the story is cute, so I'm sure I'll be reading it for some time to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2003
Format: Board book
This is absolutely one of our favourite books. The illustrations are so beautiful and the rhymes are fun to read as well as educational (teaching our 23 mo old son various means of transport). We have enjoyed reading this ever since he was only a few months old and it has become our favourite gift to friends and family. My only criticism is that this board book in the Bear Series is missing a few pages which I discovered when I purchased the large, hardcover edition just a few weeks ago. I was so surprised and dismayed to discover this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tabby on December 9, 2003
Format: Board book
This is my daughter's all time favorite book, she has loved it since she was a baby, she is now almost 3 and still loves it. My son is 1 1/2 and it is his favorite too! They each pick this book every night and fight over who sits on my lap to read it. It's a cute story with rhymes and my kids learned a lot from it, especially the grocery page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Liberty on March 11, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book in the English edition and the Spanish edition to help four children learn English words when they know Spanish. Unfortunately the words do not match up and sometimes the narrative is completely different. Children still love the excellent illustrations, but I needed a more literal translation for my purpose.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jinhee Kwak (bckim@earthlink.net) on November 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the books I bought and didn't regret. Usually my daughter would like a book at the book store but when she gets home she will not look at it again. This book filled with bright colors and illustration is fun and educational. We read it over and over and enjoy everytime.
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