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Where There's a Bear, There's Trouble Hardcover – September 1, 2002

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-This bright, bouncy picture book doesn't quite live up to its potential, but may still be a popular addition to larger collections. A big brown bear follows a buzzing bee in hopes of finding honey. Two geese tag along in search of berries, and they are followed by three mice looking for corn. Few listeners will be surprised when the tale turns around abruptly-the catalyst is a swarm of bees-and the animals end up in a heap. In addition to the predictability of the plot, an occasional awkwardness in Catchpool's choice of words weakens the book (is honey really gummy?). However, the author uses repetitive phrases, similar sentence structures, and ever-popular animal noises to good advantage. Cabban's illustrations, somewhat reminiscent of those by Martin Waddell, contribute significantly to the book's appeal. The brown bear looks warm, fuzzy, and friendly; the white geese are awkwardly endearing; and the pink-nosed mice are downright adorable. The simple pastoral background has blue skies, abundant sunshine, and bright flowers. True to the book's cozy charm, the final collision doesn't seem to cause much harm. Young listeners might not find this simple adventure especially exciting, but those in search of cheerful stories with an old-fashioned feel will enjoy it.
Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 2. Upon awakening, a brown bear spots a bee buzzing around and thinks, "Where there's a bee, there's honey . . . sticky honey, yummy honey, drippy honey, gummy honey. I'll follow this bee as quietly as can be." Thus begins a woodland romp in which the bear is followed by two greedy geese ("Where there's a bear, there are berries") and three field mice ("Where there are geese, there's corn"). When the animals end up at a beehive, 100 ornery bees buzz out and chase them around until there's a massive collision. As the title predicts, where there's a bear, there's sure to be trouble. The buzz, growl, and honk that appear repeatedly as the story builds encourage children to chant along. The opportunities for participation coupled with appealing watercolor illustrations make this a natural for preschool story hours. Helen Rosenberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales; 1st American ed edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580482775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580482776
  • ASIN: 1589250222
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 10.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The young children I teach have always responded very well to this story. The repetitive action makes it easy for them to follow, and they enjoy guessing what will happen next. They also like to join in on all the animal sounds! And when there's a big mess at the end... well, what child doesn't love a big mess? Lots of fun. The illustrations are bright and happy. Yes, the "plot" is rather boring for adults, but quite entertaining for young children!
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Format: Paperback
I use this book in my first grade class. The students love it. It is helpful to teach story structure and making predictions. I also use it as an introduction to "sound words" or onomatopoeia. The rich illustrations are another plus.
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Format: Paperback
Cute story that provides some repition which is great for language development. Also, includes animal sounds which my daughter loves!
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While the illustrations are absolutely lovely, the story is so badly written that it will make you regret having purchased the book at all. If you're looking for a book featuring bears and illustrations by the same artist, check out "Love is a Handful of Honey."
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