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“Inventive humor in both the text and the illustrations. . . . Its sweet message . . . will resonate with plenty of youngsters. . . . This charming offering can be enjoyed even by those whose families are staying just the way they are.” — School Library Journal

“Kornell brings a wry, at times epigrammatic style to Owen’s narration, and he’s clearly inviting his audience to share in the joke of the ursine twist on the usual family-addition story. Mixed-media art has the soft familiarity of watercolors with a crisp and comedic immediacy conferred by a cartoonish vigor. . . . Gary in particular is a big, appealingly goofy presence. . . . Kids will argue that they’d rather have a bear than a baby sib anytime, but they’ll gigglingly take the point.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Gentle, wordless pages explore their developing friendship and invite readers to provide the narration. . . . A sweet and refreshing spin on the old new-sibling plot.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A displacement story with a twist. . . . Portraying vulnerability without making one’s characters look like whiners or wusses is no easy task, but Kornell succeeds. . . . He sets a sweetly plaintive mood that makes even the expected happy ending quietly gratifying.” — Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Max Kornell graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. His regular comic for LA Weekly, "Los Angelopolis," took second place at the 2008 AAN (Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) Awards. He teaches art at Crossroads and the Brentwood Art Center, and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Kornell began studying art at a young age, mostly by copying drawings of 'Calvin and Hobbes', Bill Watterson's wonderous and inspiring newspaper comic. Eventually, he went on to study art at Rhode Island School of Design where he earned a degree in illustration. When he is not drawing pictures or making up stories, Max teaches first grade at a progressive, independent school in Santa Monica. He lives with his wife and three children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suburban Mom on June 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A beautifully illustrated, sweet and touching book. I wish it had been around when I brought my second child home. Initially this new bear in the family seems to be a terrible idea. Disruptive, noisy and taking attention away from the first born but in the end, the kids (well, kid and bear!) learn about all the wonderful things that they can do together. A great story about siblings and change in general. Sometimes things turn out better than expected!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2011
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"Bear With Me" is a fun and meaningful book for young children (1st or 2nd grade) dealing with the arrival of a new brother or sister--or a new bear--in their lives. The story uses lighthearted illustrations to show how a new sibling can be a friend and not a rival for a young child. The author, Max Kornell, is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate who, in-between illustration projects, teaches first grade. His strong understanding of children's emotions and concerns is well-reflected in this book, which has a sensitively developed story with a happy outcome for all. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arash Nikoukari on May 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Great book, wonderful illustrations. Playful and insightful look into having a sibling from the point of view of the first child. Can't wait for the next book from the author.
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By Bibliophilic on October 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This charming book got lots of giggles out of my kids. A little boy's parents bring home someone new to live with them. Someone who takes up a lot of his parents' attention. Someone who tampers with his belongings and makes him lose sleep at night. Sound familiar? However, this little boy didn't get a new baby...he got a new bear.

While some of the reviews I've read recommend this book for children with new siblings, I think it would be best for kids with an ADOPTED sibling on the way. Here's why: the little boy and the new bear are able to enjoy each other's company rather quickly. It can take a while before newborns are entertaining and engaging. This is a discussion that could be shared with the child as you are reading the book.

Other than that little picky point, I highly recommend this funny little book. Ages 3-7.
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By E. Kennen on September 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Life seems perfect for the little protagonist of this charming story... until one day, without even asking, his parents bring home a bear named Gary. Now THEIR life is complete, but the boy's is anything but.

This is a sweet little story about learning to accommodate to changes in our life. I love the fact that Gary is a bear - that makes it easy to compare him to a new baby in the family, or an adopted child, or even a relative or friend coming over for a visit. In my case, it turns out that we're the "Garys" right now - staying with relatives during a transition period before a big move. Even kids who aren't dealing with a new person will be charmed by this cute story and its whimsical illustrations.
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Our friend got this for my 2 yr old son for his birthday as he was about to have a baby brother. This book is SO cool. I chuckled through it the first few times I read it. The book is about a boy whose parents decide to bring a bear home as a new member of the family and his initial problems with having a new member of the family. By the end he decides it's not so bad at all. My son really likes it and often asks us to read it to him.

I think this would work even better for families who foster or adopt older children. The bear comes home and he's definitely more like an older child vs a baby (breaks kiddo's swing, doesn't put the cap on the markers, etc).
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