Bear's Busy Family

Bear's Busy Family

by Stella Blackstone, Debbie Harter
     
 

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In this riotous picture book, Bear introduces each member of his very busy household. What are they preparing for? As young readers follow bear around his home and meet different members of his extended family, they will learn about all kinds of activities before discovering why everyone is so occupied.

With illustrations that combine many first learning themes,

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In this riotous picture book, Bear introduces each member of his very busy household. What are they preparing for? As young readers follow bear around his home and meet different members of his extended family, they will learn about all kinds of activities before discovering why everyone is so occupied.

With illustrations that combine many first learning themes, a repetitive and easy-to-memorize rhyming text, and a useful family tree on the final spread, Bear's Busy Family offers all kinds of opportunities for interactive projects with young children.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Bonnie Bruneau
Share some of bear's adventures. Bear's entire family has gotten together. All are involved in a variety of activities, both quiet and noisy. Do you wonder what all the excitement is for? Do you know why bear's family is so busy on this particular day? Read this colorful and action-filled picture book. Bear shows you all of his relatives. Join them as they get things ready for a special day. There's a lot to smell, touch, taste, hear and see!
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Another winning story from the author and illustrator of Bear in a Square (1998) and Bear on a Bike (1999, both Barefoot). In simple rhyming couplets, a bear describes each of his relatives, all of whom are in the midst of an activity: "Smell the bread my grandma bakes/Touch the bowls my grandpa makes." Not until the end of the tale do readers discover that each family member is preparing for the bear's younger sibling's first birthday party. Large, cheerfully colored illustrations in pen and ink, watercolor, and crayon depict a happy extended family working and coming together to celebrate a special day. The endpapers display the results of the bears' endeavors and the last double-page spread shows an actual "Family Tree" with the relatives perched on the branches. An entertaining book that may be helpful when explaining familial relationships to young children, and suitable for reading aloud or for beginning readers.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A simple rhyming text and appealing illustrations will capture the very youngest of children, despite a rather innocuous title. A family of bears goes about their work: a grandmother bakes bread, a grandfather makes pottery, a father gardens, a mother sews, and so on. The narrator describes each in terms of the relationship—brother, sister, aunt, etc.—and each activity in terms of tactile experience: "Touch the plums/my sister picks/Taste the bowl/my brother licks." The pictures are boldly colored, with an effervescent, whimsical line, as the bears cook, prepare, and make music for, it turns out, the baby's birthday. Cats, birds, mice, and squirrels populate the indoor and outdoor scenes as wiggly grace notes, and the bears' pointy faces and large fuzzy bodies are reassuringly cozy. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841481531
Publisher:
Barefoot Books
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Bear Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
701,480
Product dimensions:
10.06(w) x 9.71(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 7 Years

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