New Bear at School

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Boris the bear is new at school--and all the other animals are afraid of him! Pitch-perfect writing and delightfully charming illustrations will make this a treasured starting school story.

It's hard enough being the new kid at school, but when you're a big bear like Boris, it's even worse! Poor Boris tries his best to be gentle, but his sharp-toothed smile scares away his classmates. In the end, the animals find they love having Boris on their...

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Overview

Boris the bear is new at school--and all the other animals are afraid of him! Pitch-perfect writing and delightfully charming illustrations will make this a treasured starting school story.

It's hard enough being the new kid at school, but when you're a big bear like Boris, it's even worse! Poor Boris tries his best to be gentle, but his sharp-toothed smile scares away his classmates. In the end, the animals find they love having Boris on their side!

With a heartwarming story and charming illustrations, THE NEW BEAR AT SCHOOL will touch anyone who has ever felt left out.

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PreS-Gr 1- When big, hairy Boris the grizzly bear joins Miss Cluck's classroom, the other animals are afraid of him despite his friendly overtures. They reject him over and over, only embracing him when he unwittingly scares away the bullies in the rat pack. Cozy text and sweet illustrations are not enough to save this flawed story. Boris is judged by his appearance as a "hairy, scary grizzly bear" from beginning to end; at first he is seen as a threat, and later as a protector. His classmates never learn that he is simply a youngster like themselves, looking for friendship. Even the teacher blames the victim, saying, "Boris, please try to be less scary, dear." Alone in the library corner, he sobs, "I'm just a great big grizzly bear." When his appearance frightens away the rats and his classmates finally claim him as their own, he declares, "If you're going to be a bear, then it's probably best to be a hairy, scary grizzly bear." Boris has been brainwashed. Whether the story is meant as a lesson on how to treat the new kid, or on judging by appearances, the message it ultimately sends is an unfortunate one.-Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

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When a new student, Boris the bear, arrives in Miss Cluck's classroom, he gets a frosty welcome from the other students, who are all afraid of his "fierce"-looking smile and booming voice. Things get decidedly warmer when, after a long and lonely day, the "hairy, scary grizzly bear" scares off the bullying rat pack with his toothy grin. Weston's deft characterizations and Warnes's soft-edged illustrations build sympathy for poor Boris, but readers who know anything about wildlife will wonder at the inconsistency in the animal roles: Why are the mice, rabbit and mole not afraid of Fergus the fox? Pleasing enough, but not much new here. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545057837
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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