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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374305919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374305918
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* The creators of The Great Blue House (2005) and Fox (2007) are as adept as any at presenting the wonders of the natural world to preschoolers. In this cozy and deceptively simple story, a toddler and his mother cuddle up at bedtime to read a favorite picture book about a black bear as it prepares for winter, hibernates in its den, and then emerges in springtime. Banks provides details about hibernation and winter’s many changes in both descriptive, child-friendly text and the resulting conversation between adult and child as they make their way through the book. Although the focus of this atmospheric story is seemingly on the big black bear, the book is just as much a celebration of the shared-reading experience, from sitting close and discussing the story to exploring the illustrations to noting the book’s sensory features. Hallensleben’s rich, impressionistic artwork moves seamlessly between warm domestic scenes of the pair reading and vibrant natural landscapes with plenty of seasonal detail. With its quiet, gentle tone, this is perfect for one-on-one bedtime reading as well as for introducing hibernation, sleep cycles, and seasonal change, but the engaging, double-spread pictures will please crowds, too. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Kristen McKulski

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"Coziness pervades every inch of 'The Bear in the Book,' a bedtime story by Kate Banks filled with Georg Hallensleben's sumptuously soft paintings. Words and images work together to create a marvelous Russian-doll effect: The person reading this book to a child is also, through the mother in the book, reading a story about a bear to a boy in the book—as well as telling the story of the hibernating bear. All three tales come to an end virtually simultaneously; the effect is enchanting."--The Wall Street Journal

“In ‘The Bear in the Book,’ readers are in the hands of two masters—Banks with her well-chosen words and Hallensleben with his lush, color-saturated paintings.”--The New York Times

"With its quiet, gentle tone, this is perfect for one-on-one bedtime reading as well as for introducing hibernation, sleep cycles, and seasonal change, but the engaging, double-spread pictures will please crowds, too."--Booklist, starred

"As with previous bedtime books by these fine collaborators, short simple sentences create a tranquil, soothing air, while the lush textured oil paintings fill the pages with dense color. But the most valuable thing about this gem might be that it demonstrates a best practice, to the benefit of children and parents alike."--School Library Journal, starred

 
"This is, quite literally, what reading with a child is all about."--Publishers Weekly, starred
 
"A tribute to the power of books to connect and the love that parents everywhere show when they share books with children at the end of the day, this picture book is simply spectacular."--Kirkus, starred
 
"This would of course make a fine bedtime story; it might also be interesting to use as a catalyst for discussion about the love of books and reading." -- BCCB

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ellen Mead on December 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Wall Street Journal said about this book,The Bear in the Book "Words and images work together to creat a marvelous Russion-doll effect." I thought that this should be a wonderful book for my 2-year-old granddaughter, and also for my 3-year-old great-granddaughter so I went to my local big chain book store to buy two copies. The clerk exclaimed, "Oh! I love that book!" But when she went to her computer there were none there, just like old Mother Hubbard, and the de4livery service might not get them to me within a week, in time for Christmas. So I'm ordering two copies from Amazon and know they'll be here in time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on December 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A mother and son read a bedtime story about a bear making a bed for winter. As the mother reads the story, the young boy, and the reader, alike, learns about hibernation and waking up for spring. And, just as the mother finishes the story, the young boy falls fast asleep. Young children, ages 3-6, will be interested in the story of sleep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john on October 6, 2014
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Good book,I like the way the story is telling a story about a story I also like the fact that it is about a black bear
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As an adult, I liked the concept and the artwork; the idea of disappearing into the story is so real to me as a constant reader at any age of my life. My 3 1/2 year-old granddaughter, for whom we bought the book, listened quietly but did not seem enthusiastic, and has not picked it again for reading aloud. We will try later because sometimes it takes her a while to "get" the book, and it is not openly funny, which is what she is preferring right now. It will still be on the Grandma's bookshelf for naptime choices.
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When my father gave my 5-year old son this book for Christmas, I had two immediate impressions: 1. Wow that art is creepy in this and 2. Wow this book is dull.

However, I was wrong about item 2. It isn't an exciting story with lots of action, but there is a calmness to it that appeals to both of my children (5 and 2) at the end of the day and there are layers of perception (not sure how to put that less pompously) that make the story interesting. The fact that it's a story about a story being read to a child by a mother while their mother is actually reading the book to them, charms my children. They've actually had silly little conversations about - as best as they can grasp it now - reality and perspective. They think it's silly and wonderful and it makes them happy and calms them down at the same time.

Now if only the art didn't give me the hebejebes.
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My nephew is like the main character- he loves to read over his mother's shoulders. He loves reading along in this book. Its written with a 3 year old brain- so a 3 year old really enjoys it.
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