A Visitor for Bear

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Bear is quite sure he doesn’t like visitors. He even has a sign. So when a mouse taps on his door one day, Bear tells him to leave. But when Bear goes to the cupboard to get a bowl, there is the mouse -- small and gray and bright-eyed. In this slapstick tale that begs to be read aloud, all Bear wants is to eat his breakfast in peace, but the mouse -- who keeps popping up in the most unexpected places -- just won’t go away!

Cheery persistence wears down a curmudgeonly bear in a ...

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Overview

Bear is quite sure he doesn’t like visitors. He even has a sign. So when a mouse taps on his door one day, Bear tells him to leave. But when Bear goes to the cupboard to get a bowl, there is the mouse -- small and gray and bright-eyed. In this slapstick tale that begs to be read aloud, all Bear wants is to eat his breakfast in peace, but the mouse -- who keeps popping up in the most unexpected places -- just won’t go away!

Cheery persistence wears down a curmudgeonly bear in a wry comedy of manners that ends in a most unlikely friendship.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken and Sylvia Marantz
"No visitors allowed" says the sign on Bear's door, so when a small mouse knocks, Bear sends him away, but when he opens the cupboard for a bowl, there is the mouse. "Out!" says Bear, emphasized in large print. As Bear continues to make his breakfast, however, the mouse turns up in the bread drawer, and, after putting the mouse out again, Bear finds him in the fridge. Each time, Bear gets more upset and shuts up more parts of the house, while each time the mouse, "small and gray and bright-eyed," keeps reappearing. When Bear finds the mouse in the teakettle despite all efforts, he gives up. The mouse suggests just a bit of cheese and a cup of tea. The happy ending is then inevitable. A very civilized scene is set in watercolors, ink, and gouache, with appropriate details of cast iron stove, tiled fireplace, and patterned table coverings; it is the perfect place to find the sensitive, tubby brown bear wearing a much too small white apron. Bear's clearly defined expressions, gestures, and body language provoke us; we cannot help but smile. Mouse is a bit small to have the same comic power, but as we can see on the jacket, he can handle himself quite well. The very appealing characters make for a delightfully engaging story. Reviewer: Ken and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- When a friendly mouse knocks at his door, Bear sternly points to the "No Visitors Allowed" sign. Returning to his breakfast preparations, he opens the cupboard only to find the mouse tucked inside a bowl. "Perhaps we could have just a spot of tea," the ever-hopeful guest suggests, but he is again shown the door. Despite boarding the windows shut, stopping up the chimney, and plugging the bathtub drain, the persistent rodent keeps reappearing. Finally Bear admits defeat, "I am undone," and agrees to set out a snack. Much to his surprise, Bear enjoys the company and shares jokes and demonstrates a talent at headstands. The visit prompts him to reconsider his sign: "That's for salesmen. Not for friends." Denton's softly hued watercolor illustrations capture the humorous interplay between the unlikely companions. The fastidious, pot-bellied bear wears a tiny apron while the wee mouse with a big personality peeks out of such unlikely places as an egg carton. The lively repetition and superb pacing make this an ideal choice for storytime.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

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The lively repetition and superb pacing make this an ideal choice for storytime.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763628079
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Bear and Mouse Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 254,181
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.13 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonny Becker

Bonny Becker, author of a number of award-winning picture books and middle-grade novels, says that the persistent mouse featured in A VISITOR FOR BEAR just popped into her head one day and wouldn’t go away. Several other Bear and Mouse stories are in the works. Bonny Becker lives in Seattle.

Kady MacDonald Denton is the illustrator of TWO HOMES by Claire Masurel and A CHILD'S TREASURY OF NURSERY RHYMES. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2008

    Great read!

    My daughter and I listened to this story today for the first time and we both loved it. It is a wonderful story about friendship and a great read aloud book. I have already decided to read this book to my daughter's class this year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

    This is a delightful book.  I can't wait to gift it.

    This is a delightful book.  I can't wait to gift it.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    I love this book so much. It is adorable and I could read it to

    I love this book so much. It is adorable and I could read it to my daughter every day and never get tired of it. 

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

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    A lesson about making new friends

    This book was about a bear that had a “No Visitors Allowed” sign on his front door. Bear was making breakfast when he heard a tap, tap on his door. Bear opened the door and there was a mouse. Bear asks mouse if he read the “No Visitors” sign on his front door. Bear tells the mouse to leave and then he went back to making his breakfast, but when he opens the drawer, there was the mouse; small, gray and bright-eyed. Bear gets the mouse back outside and shuts the door very firmly. Bear opens the cupboard to get bread, but there is the mouse. Every time Bear sends the mouse back outside and plugs up more holes in his house, but the mouse just keeps getting in. Finally, the mouse is in the teapot and Bear makes a deal with him. Mouse says that if he can have cheese and tea, then he’ll leave and gives Bear his word. Bear and mouse enjoy a nice fire, tea and cheese. The mouse finishes tea and leaves. Bear tells him not to go and tries to catch him. Mouse says that he gave his word and pounds on the “No Visitors” sign. Read this book to see if Bear and Mouse become friends!
    I do think other people would enjoy this book because it’s very funny that mouse keeps getting in to Bear’s house. I especially liked the tea party since having tea makes me feel so relaxed.
    This book teaches a lesson about how to make new friends by being nice to others and that being with someone else is more fun than not allowing visitors. I found this book interesting because the mouse was able to get through cracks because he was so small.
    Both boys and girls would enjoy this book. Children between the ages of four to nine would enjoy this happy ending story.

    Review by Young Mensan Hayden S., age 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    Recommend this book for all ages!

    We took this book out of the library last year when my daughter was in kindergarten. She absolutely loved it! My son was in 2nd and he thought it was the funniest book ever. I recently found it again and
    my 2 children (grades 1st and 3rd - and the 3rd grader is reading at a Harry Potter level) Love hearing this book over and over again. They can't get enough of it - so I decided I'm going to buy it. I think it's the grumpy bear personalty coupled with the understanding, humorous mouse and the back and forth in their relationship that makes it fun. We have since read "Bedtime for Bear" and just another GREAT book by Bonny Becker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2009

    If you're a first grade teacher...

    If you're a teacher, you'll love this book for no other reason than it has the word 'attentive' in it! Ever since we read this book, my first grade students have been showing me how attentive they can be....just like the mouse in the story was attentive to Bear. It's GREAT! It is also a fun story. My students loved it! There are many great exclamations and new vocabulary words to enjoy. In addition, A Visitor for Bear has a friendship theme. My students enjoyed the humor as well! It's a KEEPER! Perfect for first grade!

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