Worry Bear

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It's early morning in the toy store and all of the bears are asleep except for one little lonely bear. Laundry Bear, the first to awaken, notices the disheveled newcomer and asks that he take off his sweater to be cleaned. The huge shaggy polar bears crowd around the little shivering bear and give him a big hug. Honey Bear offers him some honey. Big Boss Bear rumbles that everyone is wrong -- he's lost, that's all. The bears try to discover who the little bear is. Blabber Bear remains behind to keep him company ...
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Overview


It's early morning in the toy store and all of the bears are asleep except for one little lonely bear. Laundry Bear, the first to awaken, notices the disheveled newcomer and asks that he take off his sweater to be cleaned. The huge shaggy polar bears crowd around the little shivering bear and give him a big hug. Honey Bear offers him some honey. Big Boss Bear rumbles that everyone is wrong -- he's lost, that's all. The bears try to discover who the little bear is. Blabber Bear remains behind to keep him company -- and isn't quiet for a second. Then the store opens. All the bears are awake now except for one. The little bear is sound asleep, not worried or lonely anymore.

Early in the morning when the toy store is still closed, one little bear can't sleep, and as the others awaken they try to discover what is wrong and make him feel better.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-While all of the other bears in the toy store are asleep, one sits with wide-open eyes and a worried expression. As they wake up, the others try to figure out what is the matter with him. The Laundry Bears wash his sweater, the Polar Bears warm him up, the Big Boss Bear organizes a search for the worried bear's family, and Blabber Bear chatters to the silent animal about all the things he used to worry about. Suddenly the store is open and all of the bears are at attention, except for Worry Bear, who is fast asleep next to Blabber Bear. The illustrations capture the stuffed toys' different personalities with humor and whimsical detail. However, the text reads in an unnatural manner, as though it were an animated story that the author endeavored to capture on paper, and the stilted language is awkward to read aloud. The illustrations will appeal to teddy bear enthusiasts, but most children will prefer Don Freeman's Corduroy (Viking, 1968).-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Wide awake in the wee hours of the morning, Worry Bear sits perched on his shelf in the dark toy store--take a minute to find him among the multitudes. At first Laundry Bears are concerned that he is worried because his sweater could use a wash; Polar Bears attempt to give him comfort by offering some warmth; and Honey Bear suggests he might be hungry. But soon they all figure out that maybe he is just lonely. Together the bears go off to search for his family, all except one. Blabber Bear stays behind giving voice to Worry Bear's concerns, nattering on in comfort. Worry Bear sits listening until suddenly the toy store opens for business and their conversation must end. Snuggled up to his new friend, he falls asleep at last. Artful illustrations rendered in a wash of watercolors feature a wonderful collection of stuffed bears of every size. Unfortunately, the story is so subtle it will take an adult to explain what has happened. Still, bear lovers will want to snuggle up to Worry Bear, too. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886910836
  • Publisher: Lemniscaat USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,041,968
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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