Every Autumn Comes the Bear

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Each autumn, just before the onset of winter, a bear shows up in the rugged woodland behind a family farm. Via his simple text and large-format watercolor paintings, author/illustrator Jim Arnosky depicts the change of seasons and the ritual of hibernation in "a beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach to natural history for the nursery set" (Booklist). Full color.

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Overview

Each autumn, just before the onset of winter, a bear shows up in the rugged woodland behind a family farm. Via his simple text and large-format watercolor paintings, author/illustrator Jim Arnosky depicts the change of seasons and the ritual of hibernation in "a beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach to natural history for the nursery set" (Booklist). Full color.

Every autumn a bear shows up behind the farm, and goes through a series of routines before finding a den among the hilltop boulders where he sleeps all winter long.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Decidedly less friendly-looking than the animal star of The Bear That Heard Crying (reviewed below) is the imposing beast that dominates the pages of naturalist Arnosky's latest offering. This untamed creature is a yearly visitor to the wooded hill behind the author's Vermont farm. In addition to the bear, readers meet a bobcat, a red fox, a grouse and several other woodland animals. The lean, powerful text uses an intimate, conversational tone to tell of typical bear ways: the bear drinks water from a spring, claws a tree trunk and follows forest trails ``just to see where each one leads.'' Each of the full-page watercolors is vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed. Arnosky has mastered the simple knowledge that comes from firsthand observation, and his paintings may elicit from readers the desire to make everyday discoveries of their own. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Every Autumn Comes the Bear to the wooded hill behind Jim Arnosky's farm. The magnificent black beast explores every nook and cranny, establishes its presence under the wary eyes of the hill's other occupants, and, with the arrival of snow, retires to rest through the winter. Mr. Arnosky has created an artistic, sparely-worded, information-rich view of one of his seasonal neighbors. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-With spare text to accompany the stunning watercolor illustrations, Arnosky tells a simple story of the sequence of seasons. Knowing that winter is coming, a huge, black bear appears in the wooded hill behind a farm, searching for a resting place. Menacing the smaller animals who inhabit these woods, he follows each trail until he finds an appropriate den for his long sleep. It is the pencil and watercolor images that provide the excitement here, as each creature in turn is alerted to the bear's presence. Although they remain motionless and seemingly hidden, he knows they are there. One powerful double-page spread depicts a frightened raccoon huddled in a hollow log on which the bear stands as he drinks from a spring. Occasionally, the effort to sound poetic is a bit forced; the word juxtapositions used to create the mood seem awkward, as with the title. Nonetheless, the overall effect created by the few words on each page integrated with the large, colorful illustrations is a harmonious one. The size of the pictures makes this especially appropriate for group sharing, and the subject matter suggests that it could be used with other books about hibernation and the change of seasons. A welcome addition to picture-book collections that should prove to be popular with beginning readers.- Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698114050
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 163,064
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Arnosky

Jim Arnosky is well known for his "keen observations of nature and his fine artistic talent" (School Library Journal). He has written and illustrated many children’s books. Otters Under Water was called "first-rate natural history for the youngest" by Kirkus Reviews (pointer review), and School Library Journal wrote that in it "each of his creatures exhibits a distinct individualism." Every Autumn Comes the Bear was called "vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed" by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist wrote "Arnosky's radiant pictures have a dazzling sense of pattern and composition . . . and a sense of mystery. A beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach." School Library Journal said of Rabbits & Raindrops, “Perfect for story-time or lap-time reading, this book will give children a feeling of security and contentment.”

Jim Arnosky and his family live on a twenty-acre farm in Vermont.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This book was one of my daughter's favorite stories so I am buying it for my great niece to add to her collection!

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