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PreSchool-Grade 1—This likable character and his animal friends are back in one of their best outings since Bear Snores On (S & S, 2002). While walking in the woods, Bear gets lost, and the other critters begin to worry about him. They form a search party, find their friend, and return to the lair to cuddle up and fall asleep, and finally, "the bear feels safe." Wilson's rhyming text moves along at a steady clip, with only the smallest missteps in meter, and the repeated refrain begs for audience participation. Chapman's acrylic illustrations perfectly mesh realism with emotional expression; the characters show their concern for Bear, whose fear is almost palpable. The combination of full-bleed spreads, single-page paintings, and smaller insets keeps the story flowing and encourages page turns. Bear's cozy den, painted in warm oranges and browns, contrasts effectively with the outdoor scenes, done in blacks, blues, and grays. The reassuring story is simple, but speaks to children's fears and the safety they find with the people who care about them, creating a comforting and accessible forum for discussion. With its large, richly colored illustrations, this book will work equally well one-on-one or in storytime, and listeners are sure to request repeated readings.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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About the Author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear series and Where Is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Montana.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at ChapmanandWarnes.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD600L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Bear Books
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689859864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689859861
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful story for any youngster from ages 3-8. The illustrations are magnificent and story lines rhyme and blend very well. This story is a good way to help your child overcome basic fears.
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My husband and I fell in love with the adorable illustrations and the sweet characters portrayed in "Bear Feels Scared". We thought it might help soothe our preschooler who is too afraid to fall asleep on his own. However, the story offers no resolution for Bear's fears. He does ultimately feel safe, but only because his friends are also worried and come to find him. This does not lend itself to soothing our son's bedtime fears or give him tools to feel less scared. The story remains cute and loveable, but it has not become a favorite as we thought it might.
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Bears Loose Tooth was a hit. It got grins all around when it was found in the Easter basket. Bear Feels Scared is a little scary though for wee ones, and I didn't realize how much at first. A good story, not for toddlers, more for kindergarten and up.
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For those who love Karma Wilson/ Jane Chapman books like I usually do -- this one is not the same fun read. Though Wilson's rhythmic rhymes are still very good, the majority of Chapman's images and the story actually instill fear, leaving only a page or two at the end to soothing it. It's a shame-- I think they could've done a better job confronting childhood fears. I'm glad I read it before reading it to my 3 year old grandson. I don't think even at four he would benefit from this dark and too slow to comfort story. Wish I could return it.
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I took it upon myself to fill in the rest of Bear's night.

Now the moon shines bright
And Bear gets a feeling
A grumble in his tummy
And his friends look appealing.

A long night in the woods
Can make a Bear wonder
If the critters that saved him
Should be spared as they slumber.

The fire has waned
Only embers remain
And the Bear feels hungry.

Bear’s mouth drools
As he starts to slather
Some herbs and some roots
On his plump friend badger.

With a swill and a swallow
The badger is done
Bear savors the taste
And he’s only begun.

Now he stretches soft paws
And he flexes sharp claws
And the Bear feels hungry.

Bear thinks to himself,
The birds must go next.
He pretends that he’s snoring
As he reaches for nests.

He pierces their skin,
Wren, Owl, and Raven.
A Bear needs to eat
And it’s wings that he’s craving.

Bear is a ravenous, spectacular beast
He feels Bear rage, and continues his feast.
And the Bear feels hungry.

The squawks and the chirps
Have roused up the rest.
Mouse begs for mercy
Hare puffs his chest.

But one is too slow
To retreat to his hole.
Bear crunches cruelly
And consumes the poor mole.

He’s feeling elated
But his belly’s not sated.
The Bear still feels hungry.

“Ho mouse,” calls Bear,
Are you there, are you there?
The creature plays dead
And begins to despair.

Bear bites off his head
And feels no remorse.
A little bit gamey
Though not a bad course.
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I love all the Bear books from Karma. The rhythm and rhyming is excellent, making them such a joy to read. My older kids like to read along or at least read the title line in each verse, and the little ones like the beautiful illustrations. The story is great. For my kids it makes them feel good to know that even their trusted friend Bear gets scared, so they are not alone. I highly recommend this, and all of Mrs. Wilson's books.
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I bought this for the little girl I nanny for and she loves it. I like the bear books because they have a nice flow and they keep things simple for the little ones. Bear Feels Scared is a great story about friendship and letting our fears get the better of us. It also has a cute ending that gets the kiddos giggling every time we read it.
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My criteria for judging children's book: 1) Does my daughter enjoy it? 2) Do I enjoy it or does it at least not make me lose my sanity? 3) Can we learn anything from it, i.e. are the illustrations compelling enough to help my daughter remember the names of things or the noises they make?

My daughter's favorite book is Bear Snores On. One of her first words was "bear" and it was the first book she could "read" on her own (flipping through the pages and making the sneeze noise, roaring when bear wakes up, etc. on each respective page) It's also my favorite book to read to her. I was almost sad when the weather warmed up for the first time since our daughter was born because I felt like we would need a different book for summer. Since we love Bear Snores On so much, we couldn't wait to see what other books the authors had published. I especially was excited because I can't stand most children's books. We have tried two, Bear Feels Scared and Bear Wants More, and have come to the conclusion that sometimes the original just doesn't need a sequel, let alone many. They have the same rhythm, same format, same characters, but many times the rhymes seem forced and the stories just aren't compelling. I think what made the original so great was the introduction of the characters and the uncertainty of how a hibernating bear will react when he inevitably wakes up once the escalating party hits a tipping point. We've read "Scared" enough that I have the rhythm down and the awkward, forced rhymes don't trip me up. I know which character is coming up so I can do the appropriate voice, and my daughter still hops off my lap halfway through. Neither of us enjoy it.

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