Bear About Town

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This bear enjoys walks and greeting friends.

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What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bear's daily walks to town are described in rhyme, and emphasize days of the week. Varied scenes are illustrated in bold colors that draw attention. Children can follow Bear's path.

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What's the story?

No need to fear this bear! He stands on two legs and spends his days taking walks to town and greeting friends. Each boldly colored illustration features a different scene (such as a toy store or playground) clearly identified with a printed sign. A two-page spread features a map of Bear's town, enabling children to trace his daily walks.

Is it any good?

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Bear and his neighbors spend their days in very familiar ways. They walk on two legs with their leashed dogs and baby strollers and enjoy lifting weights, watching movies, and digging in the sandbox. This clever story is told in rhyme and reinforces the names and sequence of the days of the week.

Endpapers feature patterned objects from the illustrations in neat rows. The final page presents a map of Bear's town that highlights the places he visits. Children can trace with a finger the path he takes each day. Striking illustrations combine watercolor, pen-and-ink, and crayon and are printed on a medium-weight paper.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why walking is good for you. Go for a walk with your child, and talk about the familiar sights and characters.

Book details

Author:Stella Blackstone
Illustrator:Debbie Harter
Genre:Words
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Barefoot Books
Publication date:January 1, 2000
Number of pages:22
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 4

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