Happy Birthday, Jesse Bear!

Happy Birthday, Jesse Bear!

by Nancy White Carlstrom, Bruce Degen
     
 
It's Jesse Bear's birthday, and everyone's invited to the party! There are balloons and crepe paper streamers, presents, games and prizes, and of course a birthday cake with candles to make a wish on -- plus a special gift from Mama and Papa. Jesse wants the party to go on forever!

Nancy White Carlstrom's exuberant rhymes and Bruce Degen's warm pen-and-ink and

Overview

It's Jesse Bear's birthday, and everyone's invited to the party! There are balloons and crepe paper streamers, presents, games and prizes, and of course a birthday cake with candles to make a wish on -- plus a special gift from Mama and Papa. Jesse wants the party to go on forever!

Nancy White Carlstrom's exuberant rhymes and Bruce Degen's warm pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations once again invite young readers into Jesse Bear's familiar, joyful world.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The quintessential preschooler, Jesse Bear can't wait until his birthday party begins: ``Letters in the mailbox,/ Prizes from the store,/ House is decorated,/ Banner on the door.'' From the time his guests arrive until Jesse is tucked in for the night, the bear's fourth birthday is filled with traditional treats-musical chairs, a treasure hunt, sack race and a birthday cake-and his parents' special gift, a copy of Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? As in the previous books starring this beguiling bruin (see Notes, p. 72), Carlstrom's bouncy, rhyming text and Degen's bright watercolors are perfectly tuned to the humor and sensibilities of their intended audience. Long on brio and short on plot, the story eschews conflict, focusing instead on the details of Jesse's idyllic day. Degen's endearing pictures of Jesse and his beaming parents, together with the decorative borders filled with striped candy, flowers and party favors, cheerfully support the book's thesis that ``parties should not end.'' Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Jesse Bear is getting ready for an event close to every child's heart-his birthday. In catchy verse, Carlstrom shows him helping his parents send invitations, buy party favors, decorate the house, and prepare games. Finally, the guests arrive and the fun begins. Degen's familiar illustrations, done in watercolor and ink, are large enough for group viewing and full of spirited activity. His borders here are more elaborate than in previous ``Jesse'' books, picking up story motifs (e.g., cooking utensils and ingredients on the page showing mother baking the cake; favors, balloons, and decorations on the party scene pages). This is one celebration young readers will return to again and again.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
Ilene Cooper
Popular Jesse Bear makes his fifth appearance in this birthday-party story. Although the rhyme is not quite as bouncy as usual, there is still plenty to like as Jesse mails the party invitations, decorates his house, greets the company, and, of course, enjoys the presents, games, and cake that are major party attractions. No surprises here, just lots of colorful, bordered, bear-filled pictures and a re-creation of party fun that youngsters will enjoy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780027172775
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Series:
Jesse Bear Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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