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Dear Bear

Dear Bear

by Joanna Harrison

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Katie is afraid of the bear that lives under the stairs in her house, until they exchange letters and she finally gets to meet him.


Katie is afraid of the bear that lives under the stairs in her house, until they exchange letters and she finally gets to meet him.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Katie just knows that a scary bear lives in the closet under the stairs, waiting to ``jump out and grab her.'' At her mother's suggestion, she writes him a letter requesting that he go away. The next morning, she receives a reply, noting that Bear will follow her advice and take a much-needed vacation; an ominous P.S. reads: ``Back Monday.'' Further correspondence leads to an invitation to tea at Bear's lair. Opening the closet door at the appointed time, a timid Katie encounters an appetizing tea party spread out before a large stuffed bear, beside which lies a note asking Katie if it can come and live with her. Harrison's animated art, distinguished by refreshing, cheerful colors and lots of sunny details, plays a key role in the success of this entertaining and subtly reassuring story. The antics of Katie's cat, who makes an appearance on most pages, are particularly diverting. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this English import, Katie is convinced that a bear lives under the stairs in her house. At her mother's suggestion, she writes him a letter to ``tell him to go away.'' The next morning she receives a response from the bear, saying that he's gone on vacation and will be back Monday. When she reluctantly returns from school on Monday she finds a gift from him: a bear in a snow-filled glass dome. When she learns that he has a cold, Katie and her mother prepare a tray for him. The little girl then receives an invitation to tea, and when she arrives under the stairs, she finds a large teddy bear sitting on a note asking to live with her from now on. The short, simple text is carefully placed on the page so as not to detract from the pictures, which essentially tell the story. The cartoon illustrations are rendered in bright, clear colors. The layout varies; several pictures are full-page, while some are half-or third-page pictures. Katie's fear is effectively conveyed by her wide-eyed expression and furrowed brow, and large shadows add to her fearfulness. The huge bear she imagines is humorously portrayed, e.g., camping or snorkeling on vacation, blowing his nose on a towel. Many children will identify with Katie and her fears, and find some comfort in the solution. Similar in concept to Dick Gackenbach's Harry and the Terrible Whatzit (Clarion, 1979), this book will have bibliotherapeutic uses. It is also a good story for one-on-one or group sharing.-Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Picture Books Series
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Product dimensions:
7.58(w) x 10.27(h) x 0.16(d)
AD140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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