PreS-K-Bear is back, taking readers on a tour of his house, with a little help from his black-and-white striped cat. The simple rhyming text is accompanied by Harter's richly colored illustrations done in pen and ink, watercolor, and crayon. The far-from-subtle colors-fuchsia, lime green, purple, orange, and more-are well balanced, giving each of the rooms a cozy look. The illustrations are great fun and children will enjoy finding repeated patterns such as the stripes. A floor plan of bear's house is included. A fine choice for storytime or for one-on-one sharing.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Having taken readers through all kinds of weather (Bear in Sunshine, not reviewed) and the days of the week (Bear About Town, not reviewed), Bear takes readers on a guided tour of his home. As Bear moves through his house he visits his "kitchen, all clean and neat," his "dining room, where Bear likes to eat," and finally his "bedroom, where Bear says goodnight." Following the short story is a two-page spread devoted to a drawing of a floor plan of Bear's house. Filled with illustrations using paint, pen and ink, and crayon, knock-'em-dead contrasting colors accompany the text, adding a breathtaking visual appeal to a simple story. Each page also features at least one black-and-white image, including Bear's striped cat, playful bumblebees, and Bear's nightcap. Large, dark type highlights the easy rhyming text, making it pop out from the busy illustrations. Young readers will beg for more about this big, friendly bear as he goes about his daily life. Toddlers may actually sit still for this one. (Picture book. 2-5)
Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.
Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.
Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.