Bear on a Bike

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A youngster hurries to keep up with a bear as he tries out various methods of transportation in Blackstone and Harter's eye-catching paper-over-board book, a companion to their Bear in a Square. Rhythmic quatrains in question-and-answer format establish the momentum for each spread: "Bear on a bike,/ As happy as can be,/ Where are you going, bear?/ Please wait for me!" A child runs after the bear, who answers on the following page: "I'm going to the market,/ Where fruit and flowers are sold,/ Where people buy fresh oranges/ And pots of marigold." A different environment emerges on each spread, whether the busy outdoor market peopled with funny shoppers (like the elderly lady with a rooster on her head) or the teepee-dotted prairie that the bear crosses by covered wagon. The abundance of bright colors and busy patterns is contained by tidy draftsmanship, so that the overall effect is manageably dynamic and frolicsome. This travel primer has plenty of get-up-and-go. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature
Bear heads out on numerous adventures and his young friend asks to come along. They go to the market, visit a forest full of fearsome creatures, travel by train to the beach and sail to a magic island. In the end, Bear heads off alone to outer space as his little friend waves "Goodbye and goodnight!" The implied lesson is one about different modes of transportation and how wonderful sights await travelers at the end of each journey. This reissue in board book format works and will be enjoyed by a wide age range of kids. A Barefoot Board Book. 2001, Barefoot Books, $13.95 and $6.99. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A bear takes off to see the world on a variety of vehicles: a bicycle, a raft, a covered wagon, a steam train, a sailboat, a hot-air balloon, a carriage, and a rocket. As each mode of transportation is introduced, a young African-American boy calls out, "Where are you going, bear?/Please wait for me!" The bear takes the child along on his journeys where he discovers exciting animals, people, and places. As the bear blasts off in the rocket, the boy remains behind and calls out, "Wherever you are going, bear,/Goodbye and goodnight!" Despite several awkward rhythms, the story works as a read-aloud. The strength of this book, however, lies in Harter's flat, colorful cartoon art. Black-and-white accents in the cheery, sun-drenched landscapes unite the illustrations and add balance. The bear is depicted as a friendly, caramel-brown creature who comfortably walks through a multicultural world of interesting, jolly people. The playful pictures extend to the endpapers where the various modes of transportation glide across a turquoise background.-Shawn Brommer, Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841483757
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Bear Series
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 200,857
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.67 (w) x 6.41 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Best book ever! My girlfriend mailed it to my 12 mos old for her

    Best book ever! My girlfriend mailed it to my 12 mos old for her birthday. I think we read it 2-3 times a day. Illustrations are amazing. She spots something different on each sing-song page every time we read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Wonderful book for onesies!

    This book was recommended to me (a great-grandmother) for my Greats and I always take it to baby showers for baby's book collection. Delightful pictures and easy words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Wonderful rhythm and illustrations

    My 7 year old got this book when he was 1, and it is still one of my absolute favorites. Now our 20 month old loves it, too. The illustrations are beautiful, and there are so many things to talk about on each page. I try to always keep a copy on hand to give as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2002

    What a joy to read -- fun for both of us!

    My mother-in-law gave my son this book 6 months ago when my son was 18 months old. She always chooses the winning books! We love reading this book. The illustrations are beautiful and bright. I love the rhythm of the book, as well. And now that he is talking, he likes to point out everything he knows on each page. It is now a favorite to buy for friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    Your Child Will Ask You to Read It Over and Over

    About 6 months ago, when my daughter was 30 months, I checked out this book from the library. We kept it for three weeks, and I returned it. During the past 6 months, I have heard her several times say out loud, 'Where are you going, Bear? Wait for me.' Recently, I asked her about the book, and she said she really wanted to read the book again. So I'm buying it now for her birthday!

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