Little Brown Bear Won't Go to School!

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Little Brown Bear won't go to scool. Instead, Little Brown Bear sets off to find a job -- just like Mama Bear and Papa Bear. First, Little Brown Bear works at the Miss Flo Diner. Then he tries to help some beavers build a house. Every job that Little Brown Bear gets ends up a disaster. But when he passes by his school, he peeks in the window and sees all his classmates busy with fun projects. Little Brown Bear steps inside and finds out that his teacher has just the right job ...
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Overview

Little Brown Bear won't go to scool. Instead, Little Brown Bear sets off to find a job -- just like Mama Bear and Papa Bear. First, Little Brown Bear works at the Miss Flo Diner. Then he tries to help some beavers build a house. Every job that Little Brown Bear gets ends up a disaster. But when he passes by his school, he peeks in the window and sees all his classmates busy with fun projects. Little Brown Bear steps inside and finds out that his teacher has just the right job for him!

Jane Dyer's whimsical illustrations have just the right amount of humor as they show the adventures (and misadventures!) of Little Brown Bear in the wide, wide world.

Little Brown Bear does not want to go to school, so he tries various jobs instead.

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The mischievous star of Jane Dyer's Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap! checks out the working life in this gentle lesson about jobs and responsibilities.

Although Mama and Papa Bear tell their cub that "Your job is to go to school...Our job is to go to work," Little Brown Bear thinks that having an adult job sounds much more fun. So when they drop him off at school, the tyke hightails it next door to the Miss Flo Diner, where he's promptly put to work as a waiter. Unfortunately, Little Brown Bear can't write yet, and he decides to help a group of busy beavers with their construction instead. This idea quickly falls flat, too, and after attempting jobs at scarf knitting with a sheep and cutting hair in a barbershop (a lion winds up with a rather choppy mane), Little Brown Bear lands back at school, realizing that learning to write and other classroom activities are more his speed.

Aimed at kids who think adults have all the fun, Dyer's playful picture book wonderfully reminds them to take things at the right pace. Her soft and witty watercolors zero in perfectly on the story's lightheartedness, making this a great addition to storytime talks about different jobs and a simple lesson builder for bookshelves. Your little cub will surely recognize that one-step-at-a-time is the formula for success. Shana Taylor

Publishers Weekly
Jane Dyer sends the hero of Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap! out into the world in Little Brown Bear Won't Go to School! The charming protagonist would rather find a job like Mama and Papa, and Dyer amusingly portrays his misadventures at a diner run by a pig, a sheep's knitting store and more. The hero finally returns to the place he belongs (where clever readers will spot the pig and sheep's offspring, among others). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Youngsters heading to school for the first time will relate to Dyer's Little Brown Bear Won't Go to School. The fuzzy protagonist dodges the classroom, having decided that he'd rather get a job like Mama and Papa Bear than settle down to the books. He tries his paw at taking orders in a pig-run restaurant, helping a beaver construction crew, knitting with a sheep and even trimming a lion's mane at the barbershop—all to disastrous result. Finally the disappointed little guy creeps into class and receives a warm welcome from the teacher, who has just the right job for a kindergarten cub. Dyer's soft-toned watercolors perfectly complement the gently humorous message of the text: a kid's job is to go to school. 2002, Little Brown, Ages 3 to 6.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this worthy successor to Dyer's Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap! (Little, Brown, 2002), the protagonist stubbornly announces at breakfast, "I won't go to school." Mama and Papa Bear sensibly respond that just as they have to go to work, his job is to go to school, and they drop him off at the schoolhouse door. The cub has other ideas, however, and slips away to sample some other "real" jobs, from waiting tables at a diner (he can't write down the orders) to cutting hair at a barbershop (a grouchy lion is none-too-pleased with the results of his trim). He finally runs back to school, where he gazes longingly through the window at his busy classmates. "That looks like fun," he thinks, as he tiptoes inside, and finds that his teacher has a reassuring, just-right job for him. Dyer's generously sized, softly colored watercolor illustrations are tantalizingly full of detail, like syrup dripping over stacks of delectable blueberry pancakes. The anthropomorphized characters are endearingly realistic, as in a large portrait of an angry pig in chef's garb. An entertaining antidote for starting-school blues.-Mary Ann Carcich, Hampton Bays Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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The perennial theme of not wanting to go to school finds Little Brown Bear trekking disconsolately behind Mama Bear with her newspaper and bottled water and Papa Bear with his lunch pail. Going to a job seems like a lot more fun than going to school, so instead of going into his classroom, Little Brown Bear asks for a job at the diner. He gets one taking orders, but he doesn't know how to write. Helping beavers put up a fence, a sheep knit a scarf, or cutting a lion's mane at the barbershop also turn out badly. When Bear runs back to the safety of his classroom, he's startled when the teacher says she has a job for him, but it's one he can handle. Dyer's signature large-scale, soft watercolors are full of light, their broad outlines anchored by delicate details: the checkerboard floor of the diner, the stripes of the sheep's scarf. Robie Harris's I am NOT Going to School Today! (below) has more oomph and energy, but fans of Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap (2002) will love seeing their hero again. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316196857
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Dyer is the acclaimed illustrator of her own anthology, Animal Crackers, as well as the bestselling picture book I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis. Jane Dyer lives in western Massachusetts and paints her extraordinary watercolors in a beautiful sun-drenched studio.

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