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Bear by Himself (A Little Dipper Book(R)) Hardcover – March 3, 1998

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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"There are times when a bear has to be alone with himself, to think his own thoughts and sing his own songs." Whether watching the wind, smelling the rain, or talking to a river, Bear is happy to take time alone to look around and contemplate his world--a wonderful message in this age of busyness. Geoffrey Hayes illustrates this gentle ode to solitude in jewel-like color and intricate detail.  

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Product Details

  • Series: A Little Dipper Book(R)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679887881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679887881
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,227,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have been searching for this book for over 20 years - the best I could do was a photocopy from a library copy. Imagine how thrilled I was when it was published anew .... but the illustrations have been changed!!! The quaint, incredible drawings have been redone and are far more trite and less appealing. I was so dissappointed . . . the text remains perfect (hence the nine) but I urge you to look for an older edition - this one simply can't compare.
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Recommended by a psychologist friend, this book is for adults and children and talks of the importance of time alone. And if a person needs personal space, it's not about you, its a perfectly healthy way to be.
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One of my three kidlets learned to read at age 3, and the book that he learned to read first was "Bear by Himself." He had a great pre-school teacher named Mary. One day I came home from work, and he had this book and was reading from memory, or so I thought. I began to listen carefully, and then after he read the book, I pointed out some words to him at random, and by gosh, he was reading! And, he understood what he was reading and what the story was about. I thank Mary for her patience in teaching him, wherever she may be. She was wonderful! My son is a voracious reader, and continues to read, just like all of us in our family. I am ordering him a copy for Christmas!
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I originally read this book over 12 years ago in college. My friend, who was an elementary education major simply wouldn't part with her copy. I have spent this last 12 years looking in second-hand bookstores for an old copy and now I find I can get a brand new copy for myself!!! I even remember the first line in the book "There are times when a bear has to be by himself to think his own thoughts and sing his own songs." I can't wait to read this book to my nieces, nephews or anyone in general who will listen.
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I went to my local book store and they couldn't find "Bear by Himself". I bought the original when my son was 3 years old and misplaced it. He's been asking about it recently and wished he had it. It warmed MY heart to know it still had a special place in HIS. I was so happy to see I could obtain another copy of it through amazon.com, but feel I may be disappointed as the more recent version has different illustrations as one reader shared. I still plan to order one, though, because the text is unchanged. The original illustrations were so beautiful and calming...I remember it so vividly. My son is now 12 and still loves being alone at times. He really relates to the bear. It was great to share the same feelings with all of you! I'm willing to spend a bit more for the book to get the original. If any of you know how I can obtain one, please email me. Thanks so much.
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I love this book. The text is tender and thoughtful (although perhaps a tad on the precious side), the illustrations are sweet but not overly so--Bear comes across as an energetic little guy, even though he is alone. But I do have two suggestions, don't know if anyone from the publisher will read this to hear them! One is to publish it as a board book; the hardback version might not last long with the intended age group. And the other is to publish a "Bear by Herself" version, with a little girl bear, sort of like the two versions of "Once Upon a Potty." ;-) I'm not rabid about being politically correct, but this seems to me to be a book that particularly lends itself to personalization; I think young kids will really identify with Bear.
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By A Customer on October 28, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes we all just need a little time to ourselves -- to just think -- and to just be. Hayes' charming book follows Bear all around as he listens to the quite, smells the rain and watches the wind. Children will love the soft, pastoral drawings as they learn about the world around them, just by spending some time alone. "Bear By Himself" is sure to become a classic in your family.
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