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Uh-oh. Bear's head is stuck in a bucket. Oh, my. Oh, no. Fortunately Bear's good friend Dog is there to rescue him. Dog pulls, and he pulls, and he pulls—and still that bucket stays stuck. Things get sillier from there, as these two great friends get themselves into and out of tricky situations involving a very bouncy bed and a very messy room.

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Overview


Uh-oh. Bear's head is stuck in a bucket. Oh, my. Oh, no. Fortunately Bear's good friend Dog is there to rescue him. Dog pulls, and he pulls, and he pulls—and still that bucket stays stuck. Things get sillier from there, as these two great friends get themselves into and out of tricky situations involving a very bouncy bed and a very messy room.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like its predecessors, the latest book starring these inseparable friends—a high-energy dachshund and multicolored teddy—contains three short, dynamic stories. In the first, titled “Uh-Oh,” Dog attempts to help Bear get a silver bucket off of his head, but his solution sets up another problem. In “Oops,” it's Dog's antics, bouncing on the bed, that stir up silliness, followed by a search for Dog's missing sock monkey in “Alphabetical Order.” The simple expressiveness of the friends' mutual concern and Seeger's inventive use of time and physical space (one page shows Bear making a soft landing pad for Dog using a sequence of six comic-style panels) adds to the duo's magnetism. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This pitch-perfect addition to the much-honored annals of impetuous Dog and careful Bear's friendship will find a ready and delighted audience. In "Uh-Oh," Dog's creative attempt to extricate a bucket stuck on Bear's head backfires when it pops off and descends smack on Dog's head—a visual joke young listeners and lookers will love. "Oops" describes Dog's high-flying bed-jumping stunts, to which a worried Bear responds by surreptitiously creating a soft landing pad on the floor next to the bed. Sure enough, Dog is grateful. Bear organizes Dog's scattered belongings with boxes marked "A," "B," "C" in "Alphabetical Order," but still manages to misplace Dog's beloved sock monkey. Dog's thoughtful interpretation of Bear's creative alphabetizing underscores their loyal friendship. As with Two Friends, Three Stories (2007) and Two's Company (2008, both Roaring Brook), these tales are joyfully distilled in minimal dialogue and Seeger's trademark use of bright, bold swathes of primary color and strong black line in contrast with a white background. This palette ties in visually with its predecessors, yet presents a fresh take in its use of blue as the predominant cover and endpaper color. Whether listeners or emerging readers, children who are already friends with Dog and Bear will delight in these latest adventures, and those who are new to their escapades have a treat in store.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Kirkus Reviews
Button-jointed Bear and his best friend Dog are back and still as wonderful as ever. In the first story, Bear will remind readers of another lovable bear, Pooh, but instead of being wedged in a hole, Bear has a bucket stuck on his head. Later Dog the daredevil bounces dangerously high on his bed ("I am a spaceship heading for the stars!"). A quieter story completes the book, as Bear comes up with a toy-storage system that only he could concoct. The pacing is perfect in this book for young readers. Starting each story with a visual mystery (Why is there a bucket on Bear's head? Where is the rest of Dog? What's in the box?), the narrative draws readers in; the ever-changing perspectives, including many where Bear turns and speaks directly to readers, keep the action coming. Smaller frames slow down the action and close-ups speed it up. Quick, black lines filled with color play off the white background and help new readers know just where to find the action. Seeger continues to set a high standard for picture books. Superb. (Picture book. 3-8)
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“As wonderful as ever . . . Superb.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Whether listeners or emerging readers, children who are already friends with Dog and Bear will delight in these latest adventures, and those who are new to their escapades have a treat in store.” —School Library Journal

“The simple expressiveness of the friends’ mutual concern and Seeger's inventive use of time and physical space . . . adds to the duo’s magnetism.” —Publishers Weekly

“Young children will love the situations, told in very few words and spacious pictures, drawn with thick black lines and bright colors, that express the friends’ frustrations and bonding.” —Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466809581
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Dog and Bear Series
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author


Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and the recipient of a 2008 Caldecott Honor, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for both 2009 and 2008, a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2007 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. Her books include First the Egg, The Hidden Alphabet, and the Dog and Bear books, among others. Raised on Long Island, New York, Seeger began drawing at two years old and never stopped. For as long as she remembers, she wanted to write picture books. She received her B.F.A. degree at the School of Fine Art and Design at SUNY Purchase in Westchester, New York, and  then moved to Manhattan, where she worked as an animator, artist, and editor in the network television business. Seeger lives in Rockville Centre, Long Island, with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Drew and Dylan, and their dog, Copper. She loves painting, surfing, tennis, playing the piano, and spending time with her family. She takes long walks at the beach every day and paints in her studio every night.
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Reading Group Guide

The Dog and Bear books by Laura Vaccaro Seeger are great read-aloud, read-along, and read-with-a-friend books. They also provide a good basis for a program to help children develop early literacy skills.

Each book in the series includes three stories. Select a story from each book for the program. This will give children a good sense of each book. Encourage burgeoning readers to take home the titles to enjoy in their entirety at home.

By reading aloud to the children from the books, you will help explore early literacy skills such as print motivation (the enjoyment of books), print awareness (rules such as text flows from top-to-bottom and left-to-right), and vocabulary (children will recognize many items in Dog and Bear’s world from their own experience, but some words may need an explanation).

The activities, which include songs, recipes, and word play, will aid in the development of narrative skills, letter knowledge, and phonological awareness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Laura Vaccaro Seeger is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of the Dog and Bear series and recipient of a Caldecott Honor and a Geisel Honor for First the Egg. In addition, she received a Geisel Honor for One Boy.

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