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Wonder Bear Hardcover – September 18, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; First Edition edition (September 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803733283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803733282
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.5 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—A dream fantasy in which a boy and a girl plant a "hat seed." Overnight, the seed bears magical fruit: a large white bear with a blue hat. From this hat, the bear proceeds to extract monkeys and porpoises as well as sea and firmament into which he carries the drowsing children. Finally cuddling them and tucking them in once again, the dream bear and monkeys drift back into the night. The slight, wordless story is a showcase for Nyeu's art. Executed in silkscreen with water-based ink, the bold palette of warm golden oranges and cool blues, assertive line, and handsome design are strikingly confident. There are a few visual holes in the story, but on the whole, this debut is worth a second look, even if it is not an essential purchase.—Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT
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In this wordless picture book, a young boy and girl plant a garden that sprouts overnight into a sky-high tangle of flowering blue and green vines. From the most magnificent of the blossoms emerges Wonder Bear, an enormous white bear with a magical top hat that conjures up a multitude of acrobatic monkeys, ravenous bubble lions, and flying sea creatures to entertain the kiddies. A whimsical mix of vibrant color, simple lines, and curving shapes and patterns that evoke the work of Wanda Gág, Nyeu’s artwork shines in the book’s dynamic double-page spreads. Although there isn’t much of a story line piecing together the fantastical scenes, young children will enjoy interpreting the offbeat action that unfolds. As with most things, the monkeys steal the show here, and their antics propel much of the book’s humor. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kristen McKulski

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I will be purchasing a copy for us and more as gifts.
Two littles
I love that you can make up your own story and it changes each time you 'read' it -- great illustrations and colors....we love to wonder with wonder bear.
ta-da
Wonderfully and imaginatively illustrated wordless book which gives the reader the opportunity to create numerous stories.
S. Haskell

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As far as I know there are no hard and fast rules that govern an illustrator's debut picture book. No guidelines on what to do or what to avoid are written down for easy reference. If an illustrator were to ask me, however, I would probably advise against going wordless your first time out. The general buying public is comfortable with certain wordless books, all right. Anno's Journey and The Red Book and The Snowman, for example. But these are award winners or literary classics. By and large the general purchasing public isn't entirely certain what to do with the wordless. How on earth does one "read" when there is nothing to be "read" in the traditional sense of the word? But you know who didn't ask for my advice on the matter? Tao Nyeu. Ms. Nyeu just went out there and created the biggest, brightest, most imaginative wordless picture book I've seen in all of 2008. She did it without taking a drop of advice from me, and I'm bloody well glad she did. So artists everywhere, I implore you! Never listen to a single syllable that falls out of that gaping hole I dare to call a mouth. Whether the marketplace is ready for it or not, Wonder Bear is a remarkable debut appearance by a special creator adept at tuning into that portion of the brain directly connected to childhood.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By yeyejulius on February 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My grandson just loves this book. After first reading he requested reading every night for a week. He especially loved to provide his own impressions of the wonderful drawings. He sees every details in the drawings and correct the oversight of his eyesight challenged grandfather. We even went on the web page of the author and "read" the other stories. We can hardly wait for her new book which we understand should be out for the 2010 Easter holiday. We even bought copies to take overseas as gift and was well received.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Singleton on October 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
this was our first book purchase for our baby who's due in four months. purchased on a whim at our local book shop and later discovered the author was local at one time, too. i love the colors, the illustrations, and even the textures of the embossed dust jacket. i am absolutely smitten and inspired and look forward to "reading" this story over and over, as well as buying the book as a gift for my friends' and family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Champagne on April 29, 2009
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I'm a children's librarian so I come across children's books new and old all day every day. However, it's a rare book that I go ahead and buy for myself and my friend's childrens and my nieces and nephews. Wonder Bear has fantastic, gorgeous illustrations and since it has no words, the story can change each time you read it. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Kessman on January 13, 2009
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Wonderful wordless narrative, very playful and original. i wish i had this book when i was a kid. Good for young and old alike - there's so much here to appreciate. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ta-da on December 16, 2008
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I love that you can make up your own story and it changes each time you 'read' it -- great illustrations and colors....we love to wonder with wonder bear.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Molecular Mom Michelle on October 28, 2008
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the illustrations in this book are beautiful - yeah the story changes every time, depending on who is "reading" it, but who cares? sure a toddler might not want all of his books to change stories according to the "reader", but the single book? its really going to be ok.

my toddler (18mo) son loves this book, and I'm sure he'll get his hot little hands on it soon without our supervision and he'll tear pages - but then we'll just buy another one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Haskell on August 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wonderfully and imaginatively illustrated wordless book which gives the reader the opportunity to create numerous stories. Colorfully created characters move through a wonderland. I love to "read" it to our 18th month old granddaughter.
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