Two Friends, Three Stories (Dog and Bear Series)

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Dog and Bear are best friends. When Bear is stuck on a chair, Dog helps him get down. When Dog wants to play, Bear plays with him. And when Dog wants to change his name, Bear helps him choose a new one . . . or does he?

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Dog and Bear are best friends. When Bear is stuck on a chair, Dog helps him get down. When Dog wants to play, Bear plays with him. And when Dog wants to change his name, Bear helps him choose a new one . . . or does he?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

As inventive and fresh as Seeger's Hidden Alphabet, the three gentle stories in this inspired collection are utterly charming. Emerging readers will take to the rambunctious dachshund and winsome stuffed bear, and will find the bold font of the economical text easy to follow. Each story's conflict is satisfyingly resolved with a surprise ending that reflects these unique individuals. When Dog rattles off his inappropriate suggestions for changing his boring name, Bear suggests that Dog change his name to "My Best Friend Dog." Dog is delighted, but then blithely suggests that Bear call him "Dog for short." The uncluttered illustrations, in thick black line and swirling bright watercolor wash, work seamlessly with stories that rely on humor both child-centered and unexpected. When Dog coaches the timid bear off of a high chair ("Take one step. One little, tiny step"), their faces deftly mirror their emotions. Seeger comically combines Bear's narration of a story he is trying to read with Dog's rambunctious pleas ("Play with me! Play with me!"). When Bear finally puts his book down and asks what they should play, dog answers, "Read to me! Read to me!" After turning the last page, young readers will beg the same for this enchanting trio of tales. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)Agent: The Frank Weiman Literary Group.

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Children's Literature - Quinby Frank
The author captures the joys, frustrations, and compromises of friendship in these three charmingly minimalist, easy-to-read stories. In the first story, Dog wants Bear to come out and play, but Bear is stuck on a high chair and afraid to come down. When Bear finally gets up his nerve to trust his friend to help him down, they both realize Bear's scarf is still on the chair. In the second story, Dog wants Bear to play, but Bear wants to be left alone to read his book. Despite Bear's hints, Dog does not give up. He really wants to read with Bear. In the final story, Dog wants to change his name. Bear helps him keep it the same. The stories are reminiscent of other classic friendship tales like those of Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad" and, more recently, Mo Willem's "Elephant and Piggie." A few well chosen words, combined with wonderfully revealing expressions, create a balance of text and illustration with a delightfully light touch. Generous white space highlights the interactions of the two friends. Dog grows larger as his pleas to Bear to play grow more insistent, and in the end both friends become the same size, indicating a meeting of minds. Seeger uses angles and boxed vignettes to effectively convey movement and changes of mood. This heart-warming book is sure to please.
From the Publisher
“Told with simplicity and charm, this story is appropriate for sharing aloud or for newly confident readers.”—School Library Journal


“In three brief stories the reader quickly becomes attached to Dog and Bear, and feels their connection. . . . As in all successful friendship stories, the balance keeps shifting between the two, with Dog and Bear taking turns being the friend-in-need and the friend indeed; and each story comes to a small, satisfying finish.”—The Horn Book, Starred Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596430532
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Series: Dog and Bear Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 728,437
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURA VACCARO SEEGER is the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of Dog and Bear: Two’s Company, Dog and Bear: Three to Get Ready, One Boy, a Geisel Honor book, and the Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor book First the Egg.

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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.


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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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Dog and Bear ?

    This was such a cute story to read of a dog and stuffed bears friendship . I was so delighted and moved by this story of such an odd friendship between animal and stuffed toy . This book will definetly teach kids about the power of friendship and how it is important to help others in need . I would definetly recomend this book to read to kids of all ages .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    The Joys of Friendship! I picked this book out for my son and m

    The Joys of Friendship!

    I picked this book out for my son and my daughter, and they absolutely love it! I have to admit, I love this book just as much as they do. This picture book is a bonus because it contains the wonderful short stories about the friendship of Dog and Bear including "Bear in the chair," "Play with me, play with me," and "Dog changes his name." The book appears to be so simple, yet the three stories it contains about the ups and downs of friendship are delightfully amusing and warmhearted. The playful cartoon-style watercolor illustrations complement the text perfectly, for they encourage the reader to "be more actively engaged" since part of the meaning of the story is left to the reader to figure out, such as when Bear leaves his scarf on the chair that is to high for either dog or bear to reach. (Temple, Martinez, & Yokota, 2011, p. 82) In this situation it's easy for the reader to infer that it's easier for Dog and Bear to just play inside rather than go through the trouble of getting the scarf. With these types of illustration-text relationships throughout this little book, it's no wonder that children love its charming appeal!

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

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    *Great for beginners, about first or second grade readers. *Easy

    *Great for beginners, about first or second grade readers.
    *Easy-to-follow sentence structure and simple words will allow readers
    to succeed at reading these three short stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2007

    Dog and Bear - BFF

    Best friends forever - an unlikely duo are dog and bear, but that's why the book works for me. It's so loveable and heart-warming with aorable illustrations. The awards are earned!!

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    Posted August 29, 2013

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