- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (March 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670062456
- ISBN-13: 978-0670062454
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Worry Bear Hardcover – March 27, 2008
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Though Caterpillar has told Bear (Thank You Bear, 2007) not to worry, Bear is uneasy after his friend disappears into a cocoon. He feels better when mouse tells him that Caterpillar is sleeping—until Bear finds the cocoon empty. Then a beautiful silk moth lands on Bear’s paw, explaining that he’s the former caterpillar. Every bit as charming as the previous book, this one also features stark illustrations (only the few characters and tree branches against blank pale pastel backgrounds) and spare text. The Bear’s facial expressions and body language convey the message, making any lengthy clarification unnecessary. In addition to being a comforting, uncomplicated tale about friendship, this enjoyable story can also serve as an early introduction to metamorphosis and spark a discussion on human emotion. Preschool. --Randall Enos
"Youngsters will welcome this charming story with open arms." -- School Library Journal, starred review
A great book to share with little ones who face a prolonged absence from a beloved friend or relative. -- Kirkus Reviews
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It's using a very roundabout way to teach children that caterpillars turn into moths. It's cute that the bear keeps coming by to keep him company, but the caterpillar doesn't really seem to care, need company, or be thankful. It's kind of minimalist, but it could do with a little more character development, otherwise I don't really care about these characters.
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In 2009, Don't Worry Bear was nominated for the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Highly Commended Title.
Don't Worry Bear is a story about a caterpillar going into his cocoon and explores the worry of one friend for another. It is so sweet as Bear goes out in all weathers, worrying about his friend.
I love the simple line drawings Foley uses with his brightly soft colors. The text is very readable for young children and to the point.
I do find it interesting that Foley chose to have Caterpillar turn into a silk moth. While I would have expected a butterfly, the moth does fit in with Foley's simpler approach.
I'm loving Foley's Bear stories. They're simple, cozy, and heartwarming as they provide short allegorical lessons for children in a non-threatening way.
Bear makes a new friend, but then loses him too quickly when Caterpillar tells Bear that he is making a cocoon.
It's a season of worry for Bear, as he wonders if Caterpillar will be safe? Will he be warm? Will he stay dry?
It's a long winter, all through which Caterpillar reassures him that all is fine. But the day comes when Caterpillar's cocoon is empty, and Bear begins worrying all over again.
Bear is the primary character. Mouse is his best friend. Caterpillar is a new friend.
The Cover and Title
The cover has a soft gray background with a warm, cushy bear kicking back, relaxing, as he lies on his back, one leg crossed over the other, and one paw resting on his tummy. The title more than fills the upper left corner with its black wrought-iron-looking serif font with a green caterpillar reaching for Bear from the "y" of the Worry. The author's name is teeny and in the same black in the lower left corner.
The title is one friend's reassurance to another: Don't Worry Bear.
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