Big Black Bear

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When Big Black Bear shows up at the Brown Brick House on Sycamore Street, he's not very nice or polite. He barges in, makes a mess, and even threatens to eat Little Girl. Will she be able to teach him some manners?

When he visits a little girl's home, a black bear with no manners makes a terrible mess until another visitor helps him see the error of his ways.

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Overview

When Big Black Bear shows up at the Brown Brick House on Sycamore Street, he's not very nice or polite. He barges in, makes a mess, and even threatens to eat Little Girl. Will she be able to teach him some manners?

When he visits a little girl's home, a black bear with no manners makes a terrible mess until another visitor helps him see the error of his ways.

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"The surprising twist and lively rhyming couplets enhance Yee's lesson about politeness and generosity, and opaque fields of color and whimsically clumsy figures embolden his illustrations." Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With this crafty tale of a bear's bad manners, Yee makes a dramatic departure from the orderly composition and restrained text of his excellent debut, Eek! There's a Mouse in the House. The plot remains similar: Big Black Bear, not a mouse, becomes an unwelcome guest in Little Girl's home. Big Black Bear (who comes ``Shuffling along on four furry feet / To a Brown Brick House on Sycamore Street'') walks in without wiping his paws, takes food before it's offered and doesn't cover his snout when he sneezes. He even threatens to eat his host. Luckily for Little Girl, the big bully has a much bigger mother with strong feelings about etiquette. The surprising twist and lively rhyming couplets enhance Yee's lesson about politeness and generosity, and opaque fields of color and whimsically clumsy figures embolden his illustrations. A successfully navigated directional switch. Ages 1-4. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Big Black Bear smells something good in the air and decides to follow his nose. He comes to the Brown Brick House on Sycamore Street. Little Girl invites him inside, and he leaves his manners at the doorstep. His ensuing antics create mayhem throughout the house until another bear, twice his size, appears, reprimands him, and makes him apologize for his rude behavior. The story projects its message through lilting verse and bold, childlike, tempera illustrations. A good choice for youngsters who need some nudging in the right direction-toward showing consideration for others.-Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395779422
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Wong Herbert Yee lives in Michigan, where he writes and illustrates books for children including the Mouse and Mole series and the Fireman Small series. For a complete list of books by Wong Herbert Yee, visit www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com. For more information about Wong, visit his Web site at http://hometown.aol.com/wongherbertyee/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    From the rhyme to the lesson learned, this book will meet your expectations. Read this one to a group of 4-7 yr olds & all were captivated.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Great book for pre-schoolers!

    I got this book for my daughters at a preschool book fair. It was one that they asked for over and over because the rhyme is delightful and the story is too fun. It's about a naughty bear who has "just turned 3" and needs to learn some manners. My daughters 13 and 10 still pull it out from the library to read because it cracks them up. I looked this book to buy a new copy for my Preschool classroom. I am glad to see it is still in print.
    Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2004

    Big Black Bear

    My 3-year-old daughter absolutely LOVES this book! She loves the rhythms of the words. She also anticipates each page and imitates the movements I make when reading each page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2002

    Great Manners Book

    This is a great book. I started reading it to my daughter when she was two years old. She is three and she still asks for me to read it today. The books rhythmic pattern makes it fun for me to read too! Great book!

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