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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Jesse Bear playfully "wears" not only his shirt and pants, but also the sun on his legs, sand on his arm, bathwater and bubbles, sleep in his eyes, etc. PW described this work as "ingenuous yet never coy.... An appealing book to share with a young child." Ages 2-5.
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 "Jesse Bear, what will you wear? /What will you wear in the morning?" wonders Jesse's mama. Throughout his day, Jesse proudly wears not only clothes ("my pants that dance in the morning"), but the sun, his highchair (and, inevitably, his "juice from a pear /and rice in my hair") and the bubbles in his bathtub too. The rhymes, besides having a charming lilt to them, are clean and catchy and beg to be recited. The illustrations, watercolors with pen and ink, combine freshness of color with freshness of attitude, and the result is a cheery, uncluttered exuberance. Words and illustrations interplay beautifully, each enhancing the other's brightness. The youngest members of the audience will love following the day's progression from morning to noon to night and recognizing familiar activities from each time of day; all of this is laid out simply and with great appeal. The double-page spread of Jesse's father's return home from work actually beams, seeming larger than the size of the pages. There's much for a child to recognize in this book: not just physical objects but attitudes, habits and relationships, too. Jesse Bear celebrates, and does more than justice to, youngsters' joy, pride and comfort in their own independence as they try on their own familiar environment and find that it fits. Liza Bliss, Central New England College, Worcester, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Jesse Bear Series
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068980623X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689806230
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, is an excellent book. This book focuses on younger children, but is interesting and fun for all to read. I am currently 16 years old and I have owned this book since I was very little. One can tell by the condition of the cover it was a very well liked bedtime story. The story tells of Jesse, a little bear cub, and what he does during the day. Jesse goes through the story telling what he wears for every activity he does, whether it is sand, a shirt or his pajamas. Jesse is a very mischevious, and spunky little cub who will keep you paying attention throughout the story. This book has great illustrations and will be treasured forever.
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Format: Paperback
As she approaches her 2nd birthday, our little girl is getting to the point now where simple board books are too boring, but lengthy stories are still too much for her to absorb. We stumbled across this Jesse Bear book somehow, and it's perfect for her. The illustrations are bright and pleasing. Plus, she can really relate to Jesse's typical day- getting dressed, playing, eating, Daddy coming home from work, bathing, and going to bed. Now I just need to find more books like this! One recommendation: If your child doesn't tear pages, I'd get the hardcover edition. First, I borrowed the hardcover from our library and then I ordered the board book from Amazon. The board book is much smaller than the hardcover, so now my daughter asks for me to read "BIG Jesse Bear book," and I have to explain that we only have the small one!
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Format: Board book
We checked this book out from the library, and have renewed it four times. My 2.5 year old simply cannot get enough of Jesse Bear. We even made our own "Jesse Bear" and clothes out of felt, and he likes to play with it as we read the story.

It's true that Mama Bear is the primary caretaker, while Papa Bear is the bread-winner who puts his feet up when he gets home - unlike his wife who is actively involved in the illustrations for the entire book. So what? If you as a parent are worried about gender-inequality, what a perfect time to discuss gender roles! "Do you see how excited Jesse Bear is when Papa comes home from work? You know, in some families the Mama works too...." Since when does a book have to be politically correct in order to be worth reading or owning? I feel it is more important to expose children to the variety of life options in childrens' books, and use them as a stepping stone towards a discussion, than to avoid books based on the political correctness of the day.

If you're mature enough to handle 'old fashioned' gender roles, this book is sure to bring delight to your child and yourself. I am anxious to turn in the library book and replace it with a permanent copy for ourselves. I see Jesse Bear being a part of our lives for a looooooooooong time...
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Format: Board book
If it's past bedtime, my 10 year can pull out Jesse Bear and lure me into reading with him a little bit longer. We've been reading this for 9 years and I still love it. The illustrations are lovely. The cadence of the book is fun! I almost sing the words and the final few pages have created a ritual of "three kisses' and "hugs" and a tranquil feeling from the last page. What a beautiful place to live. It's a great gift book for younger kids, new moms or just to have for a special 10 minute reading period with your kids. Great last book before bedtime book!!!
Lena
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This just might be my 3 year olds favorite book. I bought it because it is one of the Before Five in a Row books. A friend recommended that I do the lessons in the Before Five in a Row book until my daughter is old enough to start "real" school. It's been great. Jesse Bear is such a delightful story. We cut out a bear from fabric and some clothing so that she can dress and undress her own "Jesse" as the story unfolds. It's a great book to introduce your child to the colors red and blue, the idea of a schedule for the day that consists of dressing for the day, playing, eating lunch, daddy coming home from work, and taking a bath before bedtime.
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I love this book and after my paperback was loved to death I bought this for our 16 month old (we have 4 children). It's great because I don't worry about her destroying it, but I was sad that they changed the spelling from Jesse Bare to Jesse Bear on the bath page. I always thought that was a cute twist.
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I ordered this book based on Amazon's recommendation/the many high reviews. We are happy with it! Our four-year-old laughs with delight and quotes this book whenever she sees the cover. I'm not sure why she likes it so much, but it has really struck a chord. :)
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I used to read this book to my son Jesse... I Ordered this for my grandson so he could listen to Daddy's favorite story I am so happy with all the wonderful kids books I have found on Amazon, this one is especially meaningful. It's a great story with sweet illustrations & it reminds me of special times I spent with my son. We read this book a thousand times if we read it once & now I can relive the experience with my grandson! Thanks Amazon !
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