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Pete & Gabby: The Bears Go to Town
     

Pete & Gabby: The Bears Go to Town

by Kay Winters
 

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Bears!

People!

Two bear cubs, Gabby and Pete, visit a nearby town. For some reason, they are not warmly greeted by panicked residents all over town—from the ice cream store to the post office. All—bears and people—are rescued when the ranger comes to investigate the situation.

Full-color illustrations

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Bears!

People!

Two bear cubs, Gabby and Pete, visit a nearby town. For some reason, they are not warmly greeted by panicked residents all over town—from the ice cream store to the post office. All—bears and people—are rescued when the ranger comes to investigate the situation.

Full-color illustrations throughout enhance the reading experience for newly independent readers.

“These bears have all the curiosity of Curious George, and youngsters will enjoy the chaos they create in their innocence. This book is just the right choice for children ready for chapter books but still dependent on illustrations to support the text.” —School Library Journal
 
“Teachers or librarians will find this humorous story to be a good read-aloud. New readers will enjoy the short chapters and large print in this beginning chapter book.” —Library Media Connection

Award-winning author Kay Winters is a former teacher and language arts consultant and now writes books for children full time, including The Teeny Tiny Ghost and This School Year Will Be the Best! She lives in Richlandtown, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Earl. Her website is kaywinters.com.
 
Katherine Kirkland is a freelance illustrator who specializes in children’s and greeting card illustration. She grew up in California, moving to the UK when she was eleven. Katherine did a degree in 3D design at Middlesex University where she specialized in metalwork. Then, taking up her pencil, she taught herself to be an illustrator. Katherine is driven by her passion for perfection. She says she is always looking for that magical feeling that the image is working on all levels.
 

  

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"These bears have all the curiosity of Curious George, and youngsters will enjoy the chaos they create in their innocence. This book is just the right choice for children ready for chapter books but still dependent on illustrations to support the text." School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Gabby and Pete are a pair of fun-loving bear cubs whose fun has been missing since the end of camping season. All the people who used to visit the bears' home in the woods have gone back to work and school and the bears are lonely and bored. They decide to take a trip to town to visit the people who used to visit them. When they first arrive in town, they attempt to join a soccer game. The game abruptly ends when all the kids shout "Bears!" and run away, to the puzzlement of Pete and Gabby. The cubs next try visiting the ice cream store, where they help themselves to yummy ice cream before moving on to the post office where they help sort the mail into the boxes. The people in the town seem very unwilling to join their adventure however, and the bears do not understand why no one is happy to see them. Things look like they could really get out of hand when the bears visit the fire station. Luckily for the bears and the town, the forest ranger shows up and he knows just how to solve the problem. Children will like the hilarious antics of the bears and the illustrations help provide story support for beginning readers. Further adventures from this pair of cubs could be forthcoming. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—Pete and Gabby are two highly inquisitive bears. Sorry to see the campers leave for the season, they wander into the nearby town for adventure and sustenance. They attempt to join a children's soccer game and are taken aback when the youngsters run away frightened. Similar reactions occur when they encounter people in an ice-cream shop, post office, and fire department. In each place, they create havoc but have a grand time. Familiar with this disorderly duo, the forest ranger is called to the rescue, and Pete and Gabby are escorted in a fire truck back to the wilderness. People they had accosted during their spree cheer and wave as they leave. However, the bears decide to return another day to explore the schoolhouse because, as the ranger says, "Bears will be bears!" Kirkland's sketched and brightly colored illustrations are entertaining and full of mischief. These bears have all the curiosity of Curious George, and youngsters will enjoy the chaos they create in their innocence. This book is just the right choice for children ready for chapter books but still dependent on illustrations to support the text.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Despite appealing pictures of mischievous bears, this story lacks teeth. Bear cubs Pete and Gabby lament the end of camping season at Happy Time Campground and go to town in search of people and food. Bear-savvy readers may note a sign in Kirkland's opening illustration reading, "Don't Feed The Bears," which suggests that Pete and Gabby have already encountered people who know not to interact with them. Nevertheless, in the ensuing brief chapters, the cubs are mystified by the townspeople's fearful reactions on a soccer field, in an ice-cream shop and at the post office and fire station. It's unclear whether the bears' dialogue is understandable to the humans--especially when they respond, "PEOPLE!" to the humans' cries of "BEARS!" Ultimately, Pete and Gabby occupy an odd space of quasi-anthropomorphism: They are bearlike in their presumed threat to people, and yet they can stuff mailboxes, wave to passersby and revel in slapstick mishaps in town. Finally, they simply ride back to the forest atop a fire truck after their "friend" the ranger comes to fetch them--no tranquilizer guns required. In what seems like a new golden age of early readers, this just isn't a standout. (Early reader. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781497641198
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
21 MB
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Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Award-winning author Kay Winters is a former teacher and language arts consultant and now writes books for children full time, including The Teeny Tiny Ghost and This School Year Will Be the Best! She lives in Richlandtown, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Earl. Her website is kaywinters.com.
 
Katherine Kirkland is a freelance illustrator who specializes in children’s and greeting card illustration. She grew up in California, moving to the UK when she was eleven. Katherine did a degree in 3D design at Middlesex University where she specialized in metalwork. Then, taking up her pencil, she taught herself to be an illustrator. Katherine is driven by her passion for perfection. She says she is always looking for that magical feeling that the image is working on all levels.
 

  

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