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PreSchool-Grade 2–A mystery character is introduced in this fourth book about Bear and his friends. One summer morning, the cub heads out to play. He hears someone in the tree and thinks it might be his friend Mouse. But Mouse arrives and eliminates that possibility. So begins the guessing game that makes up the rhyming text as, page by page, the various woodland animals come on the scene narrowing the choices of the creature's identity. The refrain And the Bear asks, 'Who?' gives readers a heavy-handed clue, but not until the end does this shy newcomer make his appearance. Chapman's acrylic illustrations are as soft and cuddly as ever and the familiar rhythm works well for reading aloud. While this isn't the strongest of the titles, Bear's many fans won't want to miss it.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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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: AD370L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Bear Books
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689859848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689859847
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Raupp on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
i'll start this review with a confession: Bear Snores On is one of my family's favourite books. I know it by heart, as I've read it at least 100 times, and even though I know it so well, every time I read it, I get the same warm feeling in my stomach. The images, the prose, they all blend perfectly. A little bit of cheeky humour, a bit of friendship, all wrapped in a a scene of a cold, stormy night. Wonderful.
This book, Bear's New Friend, doesn't have the same joy. The images are still gorgeous, and the theme is a nice one, but it doesn't invite you in like the others in the Wilson/Chapman line up. There's not enough of anything happening, the friends aren't as involved as they can be, and the words just seem, well, not very well crafted.
Bottom line: if you don't yet have Bear Snores On, get it, and buy all your friends copies when you attend their baby showers! (Get the hard back as it will see a lot of wear!) If you do have Bear Snores On, I'd recommend Bear Wants More as a 2nd. But save Bear's New Friend for the library. It just doesn't have the same merit. Snif.
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My four year old and I really enjoy all of the bear story adventure books. This one was about a little guy that was too shy or scared to come out and meet his new friends. Bear and his forest friends helped to coax their soon to be new friend out and once they did, everyone enjoyed themseleves. Great conversation starter especially with school just beginning! This is a strong and durable board book with lots of colorful pictures for little siblings to follow along with. Recommended for the toddler, Preschool, and Kindergarten age groups.
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BEAR'S NEW FRIEND, by Karma Wilson, is a cute, simple story about making new friends. My wee one and I love our first introduction to Bear in BEAR STAYS UP FOR CHRISTMAS, and we could wait to read another Bear book.

In BEAR'S NEW FRIEND, Bear is in the mood to play, and so he goes off in search of his friends. But in the woods he catches sounds and glimpses of an unknown animal. Could it be a new friend?

Told in rhythmical, rhyming verse, almost (but not quiet) reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, BEAR'S NEW FRIEND is charming story that will appeals to younger children and those learning to read alike. The rhyming words and large print make BEAR'S NEW FRIEND an easy choice for beginning readers. Jane Chapman's illustrations are pretty, colorful, detailed, adorable, and fun. They bring the words to life, and put the child into the heart of the story.

BEAR'S NEW FRIEND is not quite up to the standard of BEAR STAYS UP FOR CHRISTMAS, but it is still an entertaining story, especially for fans of the Bear. My daughter is really enjoying this story, and gets a real kick out of sounding out all the words herself. BEAR'S NEW FRIEND is RECOMMENDED.
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We LOVED Bear Snores On. This book was a disappointment. A few pages were cute, but most of the rhymes felt forced and the thematic verse (like "but the bear snores on" but in this case was "Bear says, Who?") was terrible. It had no cadence and felt choppy and too short. I'm reluctant to buy the other Bear books.
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Large, lush gorgeous pictures accompany a charming story that has just enough words to tell a tale yet not too many words so the child (she is 3) grows bored. Since we received the book a week ago she has brought it to me to read to her four times so I am satisfied that she is happy. (Some books I have purchased sit and gather dust because she doesn't find them interesting, so I have just ordered some of the other books in this series.)
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My son received Bear Wants More as a baby gift and it quickly became one of his favorites. I wanted to expand his Bear library and this was one of the only titles also available in the board binding (better for the little ones). As with the other title, the pictures and story were charming. My son absolutely loves the pictures of just the owls eyes looking up out of the hole. :)
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The stories surrounding Bear are so wonderful, the rhythm of the words has a nice cadence. Bear and his friends have great adventures together. I would recommend these books to everyone. I believe I have purchased and given away 4 sets of the books starring Bear (8 books in the series I believe).
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My mom works at an elementary school and recommended these books for our kids. They absolutely LOVE them!! And the board book format is perfect for little toddler hands. Highly recommend to anyone looking for some great books for a toddler.
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