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Scare a Bear

Scare a Bear

by Kathy-jo Wargin, John Bendall-Brunello (Illustrator)

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How would you scare a bear out of your cabin? Or out of your fishing boat? Another rhyming read-aloud from the Moose on the Loose team.


How would you scare a bear out of your cabin? Or out of your fishing boat? Another rhyming read-aloud from the Moose on the Loose team.

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Publishers Weekly
From the team behind Moose on the Loose comes another story about a renegade forest animal. Five friends at a campground notice a sign on a tree that reads, "Do you know how to scare a bear?" and discover the answer--no--when one shows up. Though his goofy, overgrown appearance isn't especially threatening (by book's end, he's wearing a red baseball cap), he's just naturalistic enough to be unsettling, especially when he goes snout-to-nose with a redheaded girl in pigtails. Becoming a furry nuisance, the bear joins them in their rowboat ("What if that bear wants to fish from your boat?/ Do you think he would fit?/ Would you tell him to sit?"), sits down at a picnic table for dinner, and even joins in a sleepover, taking a belly flop onto a top bunk. In the end, though, the kids discover that it's pretty simple to scare a bear with a single word, "Boo!" The attention and detail Bendall-Brunello lavishes on the bear doesn't carry over to the kids he antagonizes, but the fish-out-of-water slapstick should get some chuckles. Ages 4–8. (May)
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Five children of varying sizes and ethnicities spot a sign asking for suggestions to scare a bear. As they are contemplating the problem, a curious (not at all scary-looking) bear emerges from the woods and participates in all the bear-scaring antics. The children bang pots and pans; they shout and yell; they ring a bell. The bear looks surprised. Then they push the bear into the pond before they invite him to fish from their boat. The bear holds a fishing rod, but does not know what to do with the worm. The children gather around a picnic table. The bear does not care for peas, so they serve him a fish on a platter. He joins them around the campfire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. The bear cracks the top bunk as they get ready for bed. The next morning the children give the bear a map, a compass, and a cap. When he does not leave, they call the ranger who knows what to do. Say "Boo!" A quick-paced nonsense book, sure to appeal to youngsters for read aloud time. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1—The creative team behind Moose on the Loose (Sleeping Bear, 2009) has produced another humorous animal escapade. The text begins with a notice pinned to a tree: "Do you know how to scare a bear?" and continues with bouncy rhymes acted out by children: "Would you bang pots and pans?/Would you rattle some cans?/Would you shout?/Would you yell?/Would you ring a loud bell?" The bear becomes bolder and the text accelerates until finally the youngsters scare it into running off the page. The colorful cartoonlike pictures are energetic and full of detail, such as a moose on the loose on several pages. A fun read-aloud.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT

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Sleeping Bear Press
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Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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