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Every Autumn Comes the Bear Paperback – September 9, 1996


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From Publishers Weekly

Decidedly less friendly-looking than the animal star of The Bear That Heard Crying (reviewed below) is the imposing beast that dominates the pages of naturalist Arnosky's latest offering. This untamed creature is a yearly visitor to the wooded hill behind the author's Vermont farm. In addition to the bear, readers meet a bobcat, a red fox, a grouse and several other woodland animals. The lean, powerful text uses an intimate, conversational tone to tell of typical bear ways: the bear drinks water from a spring, claws a tree trunk and follows forest trails "just to see where each one leads." Each of the full-page watercolors is vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed. Arnosky has mastered the simple knowledge that comes from firsthand observation, and his paintings may elicit from readers the desire to make everyday discoveries of their own. Ages 3-6.
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-With spare text to accompany the stunning watercolor illustrations, Arnosky tells a simple story of the sequence of seasons. Knowing that winter is coming, a huge, black bear appears in the wooded hill behind a farm, searching for a resting place. Menacing the smaller animals who inhabit these woods, he follows each trail until he finds an appropriate den for his long sleep. It is the pencil and watercolor images that provide the excitement here, as each creature in turn is alerted to the bear's presence. Although they remain motionless and seemingly hidden, he knows they are there. One powerful double-page spread depicts a frightened raccoon huddled in a hollow log on which the bear stands as he drinks from a spring. Occasionally, the effort to sound poetic is a bit forced; the word juxtapositions used to create the mood seem awkward, as with the title. Nonetheless, the overall effect created by the few words on each page integrated with the large, colorful illustrations is a harmonious one. The size of the pictures makes this especially appropriate for group sharing, and the subject matter suggests that it could be used with other books about hibernation and the change of seasons. A welcome addition to picture-book collections that should prove to be popular with beginning readers.
Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (September 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698114051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698114050
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dale L. Burney on August 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful, easy to read book, that is excellent for use in the pre-k to 2nd grade classroom for discussions on the seasons and Autumn in particular. It also makes a good choice for classroom units on bears. Arnosky consistently does inspiring work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phillips on December 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This gem of a book follows the footsteps of a beautifully painted bear from fall to winter and his encounters with other wildlife. The illustrations are breathtaking, and the text is simple yet informative. Every page has one to two large printed sentences. My 5 year old loves studying the pictures and helping me read the text. The bear's face is full of different emotions and each scene is very vividly drawn. The author is a very gifted artist. I was delighted to find another 56 of his books in our local library.
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By art chick on November 24, 2014
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The illustrations are beautiful. The story is easy to follow. I could see how this would be a great story to read at bedtime, because the bear hibernates at the end of the book. My only complaint is that my 13-month-old does not enjoy being read this story. I think this is because many of the colors in the illustrations are muted (because they seem to be done in watercolors) rather than bright (intense) colors. Therefore, I will save this book until my child is older.
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By Rebecca on January 2, 2014
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Simple, clear seasonal story with rich, detailed illustrations, each of which holds a story within a story by showing bear active in his home environment and among other animals. Just lovely.
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