Bear's New Friend
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Bear's New Friend

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by Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman
     
 

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Someone seems to be hiding from Bear and his friends! Who is it? There's a clatter in the tree and a scamper through the woods. Who is making all that noise? "WHO??" calls Bear. "Who is it, I say?" But no one responds.

Young readers will share Bear and his friends' surprise and delight when the mysterious stranger finally emerges -- and a new FRIENDSHIP begins!

Overview

Someone seems to be hiding from Bear and his friends! Who is it? There's a clatter in the tree and a scamper through the woods. Who is making all that noise? "WHO??" calls Bear. "Who is it, I say?" But no one responds.

Young readers will share Bear and his friends' surprise and delight when the mysterious stranger finally emerges -- and a new FRIENDSHIP begins!

Stunning illustrations bring an endearing text to life in this charming companion to Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman's bestselling Bear Wants More and Bear Snores On. Bear's New Friend is a perfect read-aloud that will enchant children and adults alike.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The popular Bear first introduced in Bear Snores On is back for a fourth episode, headed to the swimming hole and looking for a buddy in Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman. Youngsters will enjoy the play on the friend who's hiding (an owl) and the repetition of Bear's "Who?" Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is time to enjoy another lyrical, gentle story about Bear and the other furry and feathered creatures inhabiting his world. Once again the illustrations, done in acrylic paint, are inviting. The grass is lush, the animals appealing, and Bear is a calmly expressive presence. One summery day, Bear goes out to play and he hears a noise in the tree. Bear asks, "Who?" It is not Mouse, so Bear asks, "Who?" once more. It is not Hare, so Bear again asks, "Who?" Then something goes by so quickly Bear cannot see who it is. Bear continues to question as, one by one, his friends gather round; they all peer into a hole where something is hiding. When Bear is finally answered with a "Who?" he says, "Hi," and talks the shy newcomer into coming along to play. Then they all have fun with Bear's new friend who says, "Hoo...hoo...hoo!" 2006, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 7.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A mystery character is introduced in this fourth book about Bear and his friends. One summer morning, the cub heads out to play. He hears someone in the tree and thinks it might be his friend Mouse. But Mouse arrives and eliminates that possibility. So begins the guessing game that makes up the rhyming text as, page by page, the various woodland animals come on the scene narrowing the choices of the creature's identity. The refrain "And the Bear asks, `Who?'" gives readers a heavy-handed clue, but not until the end does this shy newcomer make his appearance. Chapman's acrylic illustrations are as soft and cuddly as ever and the familiar rhythm works well for reading aloud. While this isn't the strongest of the titles, Bear's many fans won't want to miss it.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
It is time to enjoy another lyrical, gentle story about Bear and the other furry and feathered creatures inhabiting his world. Once again the illustrations, done in acrylic paint, are inviting. The grass is lush, the animals appealing, and Bear is a calmly expressive presence. One summery day, Bear goes out to play and he hears a noise in the tree. Bear asks, "Who?" It is not Mouse, so Bear asks, "Who?" once more. It is not Hare, so Bear again asks, "Who?" Then something goes by so quickly Bear cannot see who it is. Bear continues to question as, one by one, his friends gather round; they all peer into a hole where something is hiding. When Bear is finally answered with a "Who?" he says, "Hi," and talks the shy newcomer into coming along to play. Then they all have fun with Bear's new friend who says, "Hoo...hoo...hoo!" The original picture book has been easily adapted into a board book. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689859847
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Bear Books Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
99,433
Product dimensions:
11.28(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson‘s previous picture books

include Bear Snores On, Bear Wants

More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger
, all

illustrated by Jane Chapman; One Day in

the Middle of the Bog, illustrated by

Joan Rankin; and Hilda Must Be Dancing

and Bear Hugs, illustrated by Suzanne

Watts. She lives with her family in

Fortine, Montana. Karma Wilson’s

website is karmawilson.com.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of

several books for children, including

Dilly Duckling
by Claire Freedman and

I Love My Mama
by Peter Kavanagh, as

well as Karma Wilson’s Bear books and

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger
. She lives

with her family in Dorset, England.

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Bear's New Friend 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
aprilmrm More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th Bear book I have purchased for my daughter. We love Bear and his friends. The illustrations are fantastic as always. I will say that the prose of this book does not flow as well as some of the other books, but we like this book just the same. My daughter's favorite is Bear Snores On, the book that started it all. But this book is a great introduction to Owl, Bear's new friend.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
There is something quite wonderful about Karma Wilson's "Bear" books.  I never tire of reading them and I always look forward to the new ones.  In fact, I remember when this book was first added to our library collection.  Another children's librarian and I nearly arm-wrestled to determine who would read it first for Story Time.  Karma Wilson's "Bear" books, besides being entertaining reading, would make an excellent study on how to write a children's book in verse.  Her rhymes are not forced and her meter feels natural.  The story she tells would be just as strong without the verse, but the rhyming scheme does make her writing all the more memorable.  Because this is a "Bear" book, there is a little suspense and a happy resolution. I love the way Jane Chapman illustrates the Bear and his friends.  Bear looks like a bear, Badger like a badger, Mole like a mole, and so on, but there is so much personality and expression in the animals you can tell what they are thinking even without the text.  This is a wonderful quality in children's books for transitional readers like my four-year-old son.  He can tell me the story based on the illustrations that is not so very different from the printed one. 
banjomama More than 1 year ago
My son is 19 months old and he LOVES this book! After reading it he was convinced that owls live in holes. We would go outside and look for owl holes (chipmunk holes in actuality) and say "hooo-hoooo!" It sparked his love for owls and he is going to be one for Halloween this year! Highly recommend this and Bear Wants More! Karma Wilson has some great books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that this book came out in Board Book format. We love all of Karma Wilson's bear books and enjoy rereading them to our 1 year old son nightly. He enjoys all of the animals and the rhymes are fun and catchy. We give these as gifts all the time and can't wait to see more come out in board book as well.
MoxieM More than 1 year ago
In kindergarten, my son came home from school and told me all about Bear Snores On. He just loved it! Around Christmas, we went to a book fair and he saw "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" and we just had to get it! We now own every one of the Bear books (1 1/2 yrs later) and we will still pull them out to read. Both of my kids just love them and never seem to get tired of them!!! My son really related to "Bear's New Friend" when a new boy recently started at his school and was a bit shy. Great book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We read this one -- and two other 'Bear' books, 'Bear Snores On' and 'Bear Wants More' almost every night. My son is 2 years and 4 months and listens to every word. The pictures are enchanting and the rhythm delights.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book keeps my childs attention. It is very rhythmic. Bear's New Friend is a perfect title and it is fun for the kids to anticipate who his new friend will be.