I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear

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The bear has a problem. He asks everyone for help, but no one seems to have time to talk with him. What will it take to get  someone listen to him?

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The bear has a problem. He asks everyone for help, but no one seems to have time to talk with him. What will it take to get  someone listen to him?

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Editorial Reviews

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"The ending is hopeful and would be satisfying for children. This story is well told. " Children's Literature
Children's Literature - Joan Elste
This wonderful story uses a clever idea that is so common among children when they need an answer to what is worrying them and no one will listen. Everyone has a solution for this poor bear, from an inventor to a tailor and a shop keeper, without knowing the problem until poor mister bear is loaded down with everyone's ideas for a remedy. The bear keeps getting more and more frustrated, and each visit adds to his worry until, loaded down with helpful material, he stops at the top of a hill overlooking the town. He is completely worn out by this time and almost given up. Leaving everything he has been given on the ground, he sits down and, with a big sigh, is just about to quit, when a fly on a blade of grass beside him asks what the matter is. The bear confides that no one even listens to him. "I'm listening," the fly tells him, and so the bear finally has someone in whom he can confide. The ending is satisfying for any child. The illustrations work well with the bear standing composed on each page, while the characters trying to solve his problem, without knowing what it is, are going about busily loading him with remedies. The ending is hopeful and would be satisfying for children. This story is well told. Reviewer: Joan Elste
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Bear has a problem, and everyone he meets offers a solution. The only rub is that no one listens long enough to hear what's really bothering him. As he goes through town, an inventor, a tailor, a hatter, a doctor, and shopkeepers load him down with their remedies. At long last, his true concern-he's afraid of his dark cave-is revealed when he meets a fly who is willing to listen and is looking for a new home. While the story is a little bland, the theme of frustration at not being heard will resonate with young audiences. The charming watercolor illustrations are full of details. This title would work best for one-on-one sharing.-Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY

Kirkus Reviews
"I have a little problem," says the bear to the inventor. "You see, I..." But the inventor doesn't let the bear finish; he knows exactly what he needs: a pair of wings. The now-worried-looking bear goes from shop to shop, each time getting cut off one word earlier in his explanation, each time getting something he clearly doesn't need. Finally, draped about and laden with scarf, hat, vitamins, necklace, eyeglasses, honey and boots, he makes his way out of town, sits down on a hill and sighs. Leffler's muted palette and fine lines eschew exaggerating the situation; rather, they play up the bear's increasing desperation and frustration. When a fly finally listens to the bear, it turns out he is exactly what the bear needs to solve his problem: a friend to keep him company in his cave. The repetitive pattern of the bear's quest might wear, but for the device of the ever-earlier interruptions. This also neatly serves to underscore the tale's message: Take time to listen. A slight but sweet Austrian import. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735840942
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 261,341
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Silke Leffler and Heinz Janisch are also the author and illustrator of Why Is The Snow White?

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  • Posted May 24, 2014

    Highly recommend

    This is a great book about stopping to listen to those around us. It is great to teach children about asking for help and speaking up about what you ultimately like. My three year old likes the images and she likes the story line.

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