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Mr. Bear Babysits Paperback – May 1, 1994

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Father Bear doesn't know best when it comes to baby-sitting in this unconvincing and visually confusing domestic sitcom. While Mr. Bear fumbles through bathing and feeding the neighbor's baby, he's repeatedly reminded of his ineptitude by three indistinguishable grizzly cubs who chorus: "You're not very good at that. . . . That's not the right way to do it. . . . I don't think you're a real babysitter." Only when the three bears' rowdy play prompts Mr. Bear to bellow threats and admonishments do they show a little respect. "You are a real babysitter, after all," they say, cowering off to bed. Having asserted himself as a forbidding, bellicose adult, Mr. Bear is suddenly transformed into an ace baby-sitter, and successfully gets Baby Bear scrubbed, fed and bedded. The highly aesthetic coziness which Gliori so masterfully created with color and pattern in When I'm Big is overwhelmed here by the cramped compositions--and by the stereotype-heavy text. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-K-Mr. Bear is the kind of father who hides behind his newspaper while his wife takes care of the baby-until he involuntarily spends an evening babysitting for their neighbors, the active Grizzly family: Fred, Ted, Fuzz, and the Baby. These four would be a challenge for anyone, let alone a novice. They soon recognize Mr. Bear for the beginner he is: "'I don't think you're a real babysitter,'" the older children say over and over as he shows his incompetence. But, after a bit of practice, he finally gets it right-especially when he yells at naughty Fred, Ted, and Fuzz- and then he goes home to take a more active role in his own parenting. The humor, repetition, and interest in the Grizzlys' mischief will appeal to youngsters. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations are cozy, funny, and full of ursine details. However, the book won't be as much of a crowd-pleaser as Gliori's My Little Brother (Candlewick, 1992): the adult-oriented message is a bit heavy-handed, and the story line creaks a bit before it really gets going. On the whole, an appealing book, but not an essential addition.
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Golden Books (May 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307175065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307175069
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,642,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I came across the Mr. Bear series of books at our local library and promptly checked them out. All of the books in the series are lavishly illustrated in color and have engaging story lines. When Mrs. Bear is unable to help Mrs. Grizzle-Bear babysit her four young grizzlies, Mr. Bear volunteers to help. Little does he realize the adventure he is in for!

My kindergartner is reading independently, and though I've already started her on chapter books, she still loves books which contain lots of illustrations. The Mr. Bear series of books fit the bill perfectly as they have a fair balance of text and pictures. Many of the titles may be out of print but I believe they are still in circulation in the local libraries or through third-party vendors here.
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