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This Is the Bear and the Scary Night Paperback – August 5, 1998

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-- Modeled on the rhythm (but not the cumulative rhyme) of ``This is the house that Jack built,'' Hayes's tale tells of the adventures of a toy bear who is carelessly left by his owner in the park and, after a series of harrowing encounters, is rescued by a kindly trombonist. All of the action takes place in Craig's pictures as the endearing bear converses with the moon, which looks on in horror as the small toy is carried off by an owl and dropped in a pond before being reunited with his boy. The spare story has perfect sequencing, with just the right amount of suspense for preschoolers, while dialogue balloons give just the right touch of reassurance and humor. Young listeners will wait with bated breath to see if this bear's scary night meets with a happy ending.
- Trev Jones, School Library Journal
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In a third book about the appealing toy who debuted in This Is the Bear (1986), the bear has an alarming adventure after his boy absent-mindedly leaves him in the park. Carried away by an owl, he's dropped into a pond, rescued and dried out by a street musician, then set back on the same park chair for the boy to reclaim in an ecstatic reunion. Hayes relates all this in winning verse, as neatly honed as Nancy Shaw's exquisitely funny texts for her Sheep books (Sheep in a Shop, 1991); Craig's lively crosshatched illustrations bring the action affectionately to life. With humor, suspense, a contagiously rhythmic narration, and a perfect conclusion (``And this is the boy/ who grinned and said,/ `I know a bear/ who is ready for bed' ''), this is a real charmer. (Picture book. 2-6) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: This Is the Bear
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st U.S. pbk. ed edition (August 5, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763606480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763606480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,361,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By lyndast@ukonline.co.uk on January 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
We first borrowed this book from the library. My son wanted it read again and again and refused to let me return it to the library. Therefore I have had to buy it for him as it really is his favourite book. He really feels for the bear left alone in the park and it is just scary enough both in text and pictures. The bear is worried,hopeful,brave,scared,assertive,patient, sorrowful,happy,tired and loved all in 24 wonderfully illustrated pages. There is an element of adventure that is present in this book and the other two titles - This is the Bear and This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch. I would thoroughly recommend all three.
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By A Customer on December 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
My three and four year olds love this story about the night time adventure of one forgotten teddy bear. It has just the right amount of tension, (provided in the form of an owl swooping down to take the teddy bear on an unexpected ride), and resolution (the bear is rescued by a stranger, taken home and then brought back to the park). Getting left behind in the park is something these little ones can easily relate to, and I appreciated both the illustrations and the sweet rhymes that move the story along (without nonsense words). One of their favorites.
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