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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - Preschool
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Series: Clarion Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (January 15, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899193137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899193137
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Eve Bunting's tender Valentine tale (Clarion, 1983) is nicely presented in this well-done book/tape combination. Mrs. Bear has a surprise in store for Mr. Bear. She's gotten up during hibernation just so they can celebrate a special Valentine's Day. Her preparations show the love she has for Mr. Bear. Mr. Bear, as it turns out, has some surprises of his own. Together they share a special day before once again settling down for a long sleep. The female narrator reads the gently humorous story well, creating individual voices for both of the Bears. Light background music changes to accent story action, enhancing the words. Some minor sound effects are also included. This is a nice presentation that would make a good listening center, and not just in February.
Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A nice addition to the list of valentine stories, of which there are never enough." School Library Journal

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One of my all-time favorite books!
Katherine P. Quillman
One of my favorite children's books to use in Valentine's Day Storytimes.
Judy D. Corey
I used to read this story to my students when I taught Kindergarten.
PE

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on January 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
On October 14th, Mrs Bear set her alarm clock and she and Mr Bear snuggled in for their long winter's nap. Now as the alarm goes off on February 14th, Mrs Bear gets up and begins preparations for a very special day. This will be the first time that the Bears have celebrated Valentine's Day and have not been hibernating. She makes a Valentine's banner and hangs it on the cave wall, get's out the two cards she made for Mr Bear last summer, goes outside and digs up the honey and crispy critters (Mr Bear's favorites) and washes up for the big day. When everything is ready, Mrs Bear wakes her husband. It takes him a long time to awaken, but when he does, Mr Bear has a big surprise for his wife too, chocolate covered ants (her favorite). Then they spend the day together, reading the banner and cards and eating their special treats and as night falls, curl up and go back to sleep until spring. Eve Bunting has written a very simple and gentle story, full of warmth, that's perfect for kids 3-7. Jan Brett's detailed and expressive illustrations add just the right touch and together they show your little ones what loving and caring is all about. The Valentine Bears is the perfect way to tell everyone you love, Happy Valentine's Day.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Next Valentines Day, give your sweetie this book and a baggie of chocolate covered ants (or Raisinets if you can't find them) and a big sloppy bear kiss. Great for grownups as well as kids.
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Mr. and Mrs. Bear usually hibernate through Valentine's Day. But this year, Mrs. Bear is determined to wake up and make the day a special one. When the alarm rings in February, she drags herself out of bed and starts to secretly make preparations while Mr. Bear snores away. Mrs. Bear writes loving Valentine notes. She digs up a pot of Mr. Bear's favorite honey, and fills a bowl with delicious dried bugs and beetles. She washes up in the chilly stream. When all is ready, Mrs. Bear excitedly goes to wake up Mr. Bear for their special day. But Mr. Bear proves to be harder to wake up than she thought. With loving humor and wonderfully detailed illustrations, this book will entertain children and adults alike with a story of a lovey-dovey, "old married couple" and their special day together.
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Format: Paperback
The premise of this is pretty simple and written by Eve Bunting, Momma Bear would like to try out Valentine's over hibernation. So she does! For that she needs her Poppa Bear to wake up. Will he?
Read the Valentine's Bear's to find out.

There are few Valentines books but this one gets dutifully read each year. It is worn now and older like the owner and the children probably view both as relics but it is interesting to anthropomorphize the way through this mom bears hopes for a day when some bear says, I Love You with genuine chocolate ant eating sincerity.

Good illustrations as ever.
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I bought this book for my nephew's 1st Grade classroom. I am a retired teacher and I always read this book to my students on Valentine's Day. Each student also received a small brown bear to hold when he reads the story to his students.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PE on February 27, 2012
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My order came quicly and in excellent condition! It was fun to share this book with my granddaughter. I used to read this story to my students when I taught Kindergarten.
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One of my favorite children's books to use in Valentine's Day Storytimes. Boys don't like mushy stories, but can relate to chocolate covered ants. ; )
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By Mariah Kolb on June 15, 2014
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I've read this to my students every Valentines Day for years, the kiddos don't really get the love story part but they do get the humor and the fun!
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More About the Author

Eve Bunting has written more than 200 books for children, many of which can be found in libraries around the world. Her other Clarion titles for very young readers include My Big Boy Bed, which was also illustrated by Maggie Smith, and Little Bear's Little Boat, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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