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PreSchool-Grade 2-In this appealing follow-up to Bear Snores On (S & S, 2002), it is spring, Bear is awake, and he is hungry. Several of his animal friends take him to places where he can get food, "But the bear wants more!" Finally, he heads home, where others have organized a party for him, but he has eaten so much that he gets stuck in his own doorway. After being pried out, he eats more and falls asleep, but now "his friends want more!" The rollicking, rhyming text flows smoothly, and the repeated refrain will have youngsters chiming right in. The acrylic illustrations are brightly colored, and the creatures, although they are sweetly appealing and use tools, look distinctly like wild animals; the details are wonderful. The layout alternates between full-bleed spreads and single-page pictures, some of which are also full bleed, while others are in a circle. This format works well to move the story along, and encourages page turns. This simple, gentle story, with its short text, large graphics, and reference to hibernation, will work well in storytimes for young preschoolers, and will fill teachers' demands for seasonal tales.
Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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PreS-Gr. 2. What happens after a bear breaks the fast of hibernation? In this rhyming follow-up to Bear Snores On (2002), Bear emerges as a lean, mean, eating machine. His animal friends help him find food, and he munches his way through the forest. As his grub crawl proceeds, both the words of the refrain ("But the bear wants more!") and Bear himself increase in size. Other friends busily plan a party for Bear back at his lair. Later all the friends must work together to pry the overfed, very stuck Bear from the entrance to his den. The story is fun and funny, but it takes a backseat to the illustrations. Chapman's acrylic paintings have a freshly washed look that conveys the newness of spring, and they are layered with delightful comic touches--Bear's increasing girth, his friends' bemused expressions, and the flower crown he wears at his picnic, after which he falls asleep. Now Bear is "full, full, full . . . but . . . his friends want more." An appealing romp about springtime and friendship. Connie Fletcher
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SUMMARY: Bear wakes up from his winter hibernation and he is VERY hungry! He begins by eating his lawn. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sunshine on A Rainy Day
My grandson and the children in his K3 class LOVE the Bear Books. Because they love Mortimer Mouse, they look for him on each page as well. I highly recommend these books.Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Teresa D. Haney
My 23 month old LOVES this book....had me reading it over and over to her, the story is so cute! Highly recommended!Published 3 months ago by Baby's Momma
Great bear book for teaching children about communicating their needs - particularly when they want more.Published 4 months ago by RoseyNic
Awesome book! I used this book during a reading group for students with severe disabilities. The repeating lines are great to engage them, and they really like the characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elizabeth Dodd