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Bear's New Friend (The Bear Books) Hardcover – April 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Bear Books
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689859848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689859847
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 11.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 2–A mystery character is introduced in this fourth book about Bear and his friends. One summer morning, the cub heads out to play. He hears someone in the tree and thinks it might be his friend Mouse. But Mouse arrives and eliminates that possibility. So begins the guessing game that makes up the rhyming text as, page by page, the various woodland animals come on the scene narrowing the choices of the creature's identity. The refrain And the Bear asks, 'Who?' gives readers a heavy-handed clue, but not until the end does this shy newcomer make his appearance. Chapman's acrylic illustrations are as soft and cuddly as ever and the familiar rhythm works well for reading aloud. While this isn't the strongest of the titles, Bear's many fans won't want to miss it.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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About the Author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon and Schuster, including the Bear series and Where is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Idaho, USA.

Jane Chapman has illustrated numerous picture books, including 'Bear Snores On' and the Happy and Honey books by Laura Godwin. She lives with her family in Dorset, England.

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My 17 month old grandson loves this book.
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The rhyming throughout and repetative phrases make it fun to read and eventually the kids are able to pick up on it and 'read' along too.
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It is written in simple rhyming patterns and illustrated well with adorable pictures!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Raupp on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
i'll start this review with a confession: Bear Snores On is one of my family's favourite books. I know it by heart, as I've read it at least 100 times, and even though I know it so well, every time I read it, I get the same warm feeling in my stomach. The images, the prose, they all blend perfectly. A little bit of cheeky humour, a bit of friendship, all wrapped in a a scene of a cold, stormy night. Wonderful.
This book, Bear's New Friend, doesn't have the same joy. The images are still gorgeous, and the theme is a nice one, but it doesn't invite you in like the others in the Wilson/Chapman line up. There's not enough of anything happening, the friends aren't as involved as they can be, and the words just seem, well, not very well crafted.
Bottom line: if you don't yet have Bear Snores On, get it, and buy all your friends copies when you attend their baby showers! (Get the hard back as it will see a lot of wear!) If you do have Bear Snores On, I'd recommend Bear Wants More as a 2nd. But save Bear's New Friend for the library. It just doesn't have the same merit. Snif.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Redz VINE VOICE on September 15, 2009
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My four year old and I really enjoy all of the bear story adventure books. This one was about a little guy that was too shy or scared to come out and meet his new friends. Bear and his forest friends helped to coax their soon to be new friend out and once they did, everyone enjoyed themseleves. Great conversation starter especially with school just beginning! This is a strong and durable board book with lots of colorful pictures for little siblings to follow along with. Recommended for the toddler, Preschool, and Kindergarten age groups.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Joan VINE VOICE on September 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
BEAR'S NEW FRIEND, by Karma Wilson, is a cute, simple story about making new friends. My wee one and I love our first introduction to Bear in BEAR STAYS UP FOR CHRISTMAS, and we could wait to read another Bear book.

In BEAR'S NEW FRIEND, Bear is in the mood to play, and so he goes off in search of his friends. But in the woods he catches sounds and glimpses of an unknown animal. Could it be a new friend?

Told in rhythmical, rhyming verse, almost (but not quiet) reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, BEAR'S NEW FRIEND is charming story that will appeals to younger children and those learning to read alike. The rhyming words and large print make BEAR'S NEW FRIEND an easy choice for beginning readers. Jane Chapman's illustrations are pretty, colorful, detailed, adorable, and fun. They bring the words to life, and put the child into the heart of the story.

BEAR'S NEW FRIEND is not quite up to the standard of BEAR STAYS UP FOR CHRISTMAS, but it is still an entertaining story, especially for fans of the Bear. My daughter is really enjoying this story, and gets a real kick out of sounding out all the words herself. BEAR'S NEW FRIEND is RECOMMENDED.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Ferguson on July 16, 2009
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This very sweet story is longer than most board books, with 21 pages of text. Plot is simple-- Bear and other kind forest animals find and welcome a shy new forest friend (an owl). The story is delivered through charming rhyme and very special, emotionally rich illustrations.

Jane Chapman has a real genius for creating warm, expressive, and friendly illustrations for children. Strongly recommended for toddlers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Coxon VINE VOICE on July 26, 2009
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My 2-year-old really enjoys this sweet little book, about Bear and his various friends (Mouse, Hare, etc.) who meet a new, shy little critter. It's a nice, sturdy board book, and it's just the right length -- not over in 2 seconds, but short enough to keep a toddler's attention.

In addition, the illustrations are darling! My son really likes learning the names of new kinds of animals, and the realistic-but-kid-friendly drawings are great for that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2009
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Finally! My 3 year old son has been waiting for a new Bear book from Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, but I was reluctant to buy the more expensive (and easier to destroy) hardcover version of Bear's New Friend. Now the book is available as a board book, and my son (OK, me too) couldn't be happier.

In Bear's New Friend, Bear and company (that's Mouse, Hare, Badger, Gopher, Mole, Raven and Wren for those of you who haven't read these books hundreds of times) are trying to find out who the newcomer to their forest is. They catch a glimpse and hear a sound, but the stranger is very shy, finally responding to the gang's entreaties to go and have some fun at the "ol swimmin' hole" (which I assume is different from the "ol fishin' hole" in Bear Wants More).

Wilson tells a charming tale of turning newcomers into friends, and does it with all the charm I've come to expect. The rhyming scheme in Bear's New Friend is similar to the earlier Bear books, but doesn't flow quite as smoothly.

Jane Chapman, as always, delivers absolutely lush and gorgeous pages. Her characters are so well rendered that you feel like you can reach in and pet them, and there's almost as much going on in her lively, detailed backgrounds.

If your child/children are fans of Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More, you'll want to introduce them to Wilson and Chapman's latest installment right away, especially now that it's available in a sturdy (and less expensive) board book format.
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