Bears on Chairs

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Can five bears share four chairs? The infectious rhymes and easy charm of this winsome read-aloud will make young listeners sit up and take notice.

FOUR HAPPY BEARS
ON FOUR SMALL CHAIRS.

Four chairs. Four adorable bears. All is well until Big Brown Bear shows up — what a stare! — and wants a seat. Can these clever bears put their heads together (among other things) and make ...

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Overview

Can five bears share four chairs? The infectious rhymes and easy charm of this winsome read-aloud will make young listeners sit up and take notice.

FOUR HAPPY BEARS
ON FOUR SMALL CHAIRS.

Four chairs. Four adorable bears. All is well until Big Brown Bear shows up — what a stare! — and wants a seat. Can these clever bears put their heads together (among other things) and make space for one more? With endearing, expressive illustrations and a sustained rhyme in every line, here is a cozy tale that makes it clear there is room for all.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With five bears and only four chairs, these cuddly, optimistic bruins have a problem. Parenteau's (One Frog Sang) rhyming text is simple enough for a preschool audience, and the lesson the bears model about sharing, though obvious, will be welcomed by many teachers and parents. Recalling Care Bears in their pastel fuzziness and good cheer, Walker's (Flip, Flap, Fly!) bears climb on and off the chairs with a toddler's intensity as they master sitting and standing without having to share. But when “Big Brown Bear/ looks for a chair./ There is none there/ for that big bear.” When Big Brown Bear finds he is too big to share a chair with Floppy Bear, his dismay is evident in the acrylic illustrations. After attempts at sharing go awry, all five bears discover that by pushing the chairs together like a bench, they can all sit together. The simple rhymes grow somewhat tedious with repetition, but the heavy-handed message—“Now it's fair!/ The bears all share!”—will be plain to even the most inexperienced reader. Ages 2–6. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Sometimes sharing is not so easy. Four small bears, Calico, Fuzzy, Yellow, and Floppy, each have their own small chair. These chairs were made for small bears not for big bears; which was just fine until Big Brown Bear came along. He also wanted to sit on a small bear chair. The small bears tried to share a small chair with Big Brown Bear, but there just was not enough room for both of them. Big Brown Bear was very sad. He just wanted to sit on a chair too, but one small chair was not big enough for him. The four small bears got together and had a great idea—one that would make Big Brown Bear happy. Their idea was not just about making Big Brown Bear happy; all five of the bears were happy, and they all learned a lesson in sharing. This charming book with sweet, pastel, acrylic illustrations tells a wonderful story of sharing on a level that even preschool children will understand. Reviewer: Debby Willett
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This picture book begins with four small bears on four little chairs. No one has to share until Big Brown Bear arrives. They experiment with various seating arrangements and discover that there is room for everyone when the chairs are all placed next to one another, in a row. Parenteau's brief rhythmic text is bouncy and light, and ideal for reading aloud. Themes of sharing and compassion are introduced in developmentally appropriate, subtle ways, and the bears' discovery of their own resolution is a refreshing conclusion to the story. Walker's acrylic illustrations match the airy lyricism and mood of the text. The charming, wee creatures appear to be playful, kind teddy bears. The pastel hues of the paintings are set against creamy white pages, and the white space allows readers to focus on the actions and rhythms of the story. Include this book in traditional teddy bear programs to add subtle messages about sharing and kindness.—Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
Kirkus Reviews
"Four small chairs / just right for bears. / Where is the bear / for each small chair?" One by one, Calico, Fuzzy, Yellow and Floppy Bears take their seats, but what to do when Big Brown Bear shows up and there's no chair? Parenteau's rhythm and rhyme never falter as the bears experiment with different seating configurations that might accommodate all five bear bottoms. Walker positions his soft-edged, pastel-colored bears (and their chairs) against a clean white background, their overlarge heads and comforting smiles immediately in tune with toddlers' aesthetics. While his bears are not highly developed characters, slight differences in color and texture-and Floppy Bear, in particular, is pleasingly spineless-will help small children track the characters' movements. While the bears' solution is hardly rocket science, their cooperative approach will appear revolutionary to the book's target audience. Between the unerringly positive approach to a common early-childhood dilemma and the can't-miss rhyme, this volume will likely find its place on many a daycare shelf. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763635886
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 495,444
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Parenteau has written a number of books for children, including ONE FROG SANG. She lives in Elk Grove, California.

David Walker has illustrated several children’s books, including DOMINO by Claire Masurel and FLIP, FLAP, FLY! by Phyllis Root. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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