Bear's New Friend

Bear's New Friend


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599614908
Publisher: Spotlight (MN)
Publication date: 01/28/2009
Series: Bear by Karma Wilson Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,304,746
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books, including the Bear Books series, Where Is Home, Little Pip?, and A Dog Named Doug. Karma lives in Montana.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at

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Bear's New Friend 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a story about Bear who hears a noise in the woods. Bear keeps running into his normal friends in the woods but none of them are the ones making the noise. In the end the animal making the noise was hiding because it was scared and is happy to be friends with Bear.The pictures in this book are really cute. My two year old loved the repetitive phrase "And Bear says 'Who?'" He loved repeating the Who part. He also loved naming the animals and repeating the sounds they would make.Unfortunately this book is pretty long and wordy for a board book and I have had a lot of trouble getting my son to sit down and read it. He loves to read books, normally he will tolerate a longer book, but he tells me this one is boring and always wants to put it away. The parts where Bear says "Who?" don't necessarily make any sense with the rest of the story and are kind of put in weird places. Also this book doesn't really teach anything about friendship; it says on the cover it is "A Book About Friendship". If anything it touches on issues of shyness but even that is only brief.In summary the pictures are cute. The story length and content leave a lot to be desired (especially from my two year old son's point of view). This book will never be a favorite of his or mine. Also don't be misled, this isn't a story that teaches some sort of deep-seated lesson about friendship. It also isn't a story that is educational in any way. The only positive parts about this book were the repetitive "Who?" phrases that my son enjoyed and the fact that there are animals in the story. It's an okay book but will most likely be gotten rid of sooner than later.
LadyD_Books on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Bears New Friend is a sweet story with a simple plot. Karma Wilson writes in rhyme text for the early reader and well drawn, charming illustrations are produced with rich, green forest backgrounds by Jane Chapman. Bear and other kind forest animals find and welcome a shy new forest friend (an owl). This delightful children's book is a perfect summertime read aloud story. I recommend this book for toddlers, preschool and kindergarten. I love this book! ***** stars!
yarb on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Nicely produced but the verse doesn't quite ring true and the plot is minimal.
cacv78 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Wilson, Karma. (2006). Bear's New Friend. Illustrated by Jane Chapman. New York: Scholastic, Inc.This story is told in rhyme and is the story of a bear in search of his friends to play. Bear keeps hearing someone yell out "Who" as he roams the forest looking for all his friends. Throughout the story, Bear continues to meet up with his friends Mouse, Hare, Gopher and Mole and all the while he continues to hear "Who". In the end, he finally see who has been saying "who": a friendly Owl that has come to be his friend.The illustrations in this story are great and filled with many colors and done with acrylic paint. They rhyming verse was also great because it built up this suspense that my kids really loved.
szanes on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Young children will enjoy this book, however, it lacks the initial charm of "Bear Snores On", in my opinion. The first 2 books of the series are the strongest and most memorable. Children will want to add this book to their collection, though,because they have fallen in love with the whimsical characters, and want a complete set!
aprilmrm More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th Bear book I have purchased for my daughter. We love Bear and his friends. The illustrations are fantastic as always. I will say that the prose of this book does not flow as well as some of the other books, but we like this book just the same. My daughter's favorite is Bear Snores On, the book that started it all. But this book is a great introduction to Owl, Bear's new friend.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
There is something quite wonderful about Karma Wilson's "Bear" books.  I never tire of reading them and I always look forward to the new ones.  In fact, I remember when this book was first added to our library collection.  Another children's librarian and I nearly arm-wrestled to determine who would read it first for Story Time.  Karma Wilson's "Bear" books, besides being entertaining reading, would make an excellent study on how to write a children's book in verse.  Her rhymes are not forced and her meter feels natural.  The story she tells would be just as strong without the verse, but the rhyming scheme does make her writing all the more memorable.  Because this is a "Bear" book, there is a little suspense and a happy resolution. I love the way Jane Chapman illustrates the Bear and his friends.  Bear looks like a bear, Badger like a badger, Mole like a mole, and so on, but there is so much personality and expression in the animals you can tell what they are thinking even without the text.  This is a wonderful quality in children's books for transitional readers like my four-year-old son.  He can tell me the story based on the illustrations that is not so very different from the printed one. 
banjomama More than 1 year ago
My son is 19 months old and he LOVES this book! After reading it he was convinced that owls live in holes. We would go outside and look for owl holes (chipmunk holes in actuality) and say "hooo-hoooo!" It sparked his love for owls and he is going to be one for Halloween this year! Highly recommend this and Bear Wants More! Karma Wilson has some great books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that this book came out in Board Book format. We love all of Karma Wilson's bear books and enjoy rereading them to our 1 year old son nightly. He enjoys all of the animals and the rhymes are fun and catchy. We give these as gifts all the time and can't wait to see more come out in board book as well.
MoxieM More than 1 year ago
In kindergarten, my son came home from school and told me all about Bear Snores On. He just loved it! Around Christmas, we went to a book fair and he saw "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" and we just had to get it! We now own every one of the Bear books (1 1/2 yrs later) and we will still pull them out to read. Both of my kids just love them and never seem to get tired of them!!! My son really related to "Bear's New Friend" when a new boy recently started at his school and was a bit shy. Great book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We read this one -- and two other 'Bear' books, 'Bear Snores On' and 'Bear Wants More' almost every night. My son is 2 years and 4 months and listens to every word. The pictures are enchanting and the rhythm delights.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book keeps my childs attention. It is very rhythmic. Bear's New Friend is a perfect title and it is fun for the kids to anticipate who his new friend will be.