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Three to Get Ready (Dog and Bear Series)
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Three to Get Ready (Dog and Bear Series)

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
 

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Uh-oh. Bear's head is stuck in a bucket. Oh, my. Oh, no. Fortunately Bear's good friend Dog is there to rescue him. Dog pulls, and he pulls, and he pulls—and still that bucket stays stuck. Things get sillier from there, as these two great friends get themselves into and out of tricky situations involving a very bouncy bed and a very messy room.

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Uh-oh. Bear's head is stuck in a bucket. Oh, my. Oh, no. Fortunately Bear's good friend Dog is there to rescue him. Dog pulls, and he pulls, and he pulls—and still that bucket stays stuck. Things get sillier from there, as these two great friends get themselves into and out of tricky situations involving a very bouncy bed and a very messy room.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like its predecessors, the latest book starring these inseparable friends—a high-energy dachshund and multicolored teddy—contains three short, dynamic stories. In the first, titled “Uh-Oh,” Dog attempts to help Bear get a silver bucket off of his head, but his solution sets up another problem. In “Oops,” it's Dog's antics, bouncing on the bed, that stir up silliness, followed by a search for Dog's missing sock monkey in “Alphabetical Order.” The simple expressiveness of the friends' mutual concern and Seeger's inventive use of time and physical space (one page shows Bear making a soft landing pad for Dog using a sequence of six comic-style panels) adds to the duo's magnetism. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This pitch-perfect addition to the much-honored annals of impetuous Dog and careful Bear's friendship will find a ready and delighted audience. In "Uh-Oh," Dog's creative attempt to extricate a bucket stuck on Bear's head backfires when it pops off and descends smack on Dog's head—a visual joke young listeners and lookers will love. "Oops" describes Dog's high-flying bed-jumping stunts, to which a worried Bear responds by surreptitiously creating a soft landing pad on the floor next to the bed. Sure enough, Dog is grateful. Bear organizes Dog's scattered belongings with boxes marked "A," "B," "C" in "Alphabetical Order," but still manages to misplace Dog's beloved sock monkey. Dog's thoughtful interpretation of Bear's creative alphabetizing underscores their loyal friendship. As with Two Friends, Three Stories (2007) and Two's Company (2008, both Roaring Brook), these tales are joyfully distilled in minimal dialogue and Seeger's trademark use of bright, bold swathes of primary color and strong black line in contrast with a white background. This palette ties in visually with its predecessors, yet presents a fresh take in its use of blue as the predominant cover and endpaper color. Whether listeners or emerging readers, children who are already friends with Dog and Bear will delight in these latest adventures, and those who are new to their escapades have a treat in store.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Kirkus Reviews
Button-jointed Bear and his best friend Dog are back and still as wonderful as ever. In the first story, Bear will remind readers of another lovable bear, Pooh, but instead of being wedged in a hole, Bear has a bucket stuck on his head. Later Dog the daredevil bounces dangerously high on his bed ("I am a spaceship heading for the stars!"). A quieter story completes the book, as Bear comes up with a toy-storage system that only he could concoct. The pacing is perfect in this book for young readers. Starting each story with a visual mystery (Why is there a bucket on Bear's head? Where is the rest of Dog? What's in the box?), the narrative draws readers in; the ever-changing perspectives, including many where Bear turns and speaks directly to readers, keep the action coming. Smaller frames slow down the action and close-ups speed it up. Quick, black lines filled with color play off the white background and help new readers know just where to find the action. Seeger continues to set a high standard for picture books. Superb. (Picture book. 3-8)
From the Publisher

“As wonderful as ever . . . Superb.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Whether listeners or emerging readers, children who are already friends with Dog and Bear will delight in these latest adventures, and those who are new to their escapades have a treat in store.” —School Library Journal

“The simple expressiveness of the friends' mutual concern and Seeger's inventive use of time and physical space . . . adds to the duo's magnetism.” —Publishers Weekly

“Young children will love the situations, told in very few words and spacious pictures, drawn with thick black lines and bright colors, that express the friends' frustrations and bonding.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466809581
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Dog and Bear Series
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and the recipient of a 2008 Caldecott Honor, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for both 2009 and 2008, a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2007 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. Her books include First the Egg, The Hidden Alphabet, and the Dog and Bear books, among others.

Raised on Long Island, New York, Seeger began drawing at two years old and never stopped. For as long as she remembers, she wanted to write picture books. She received her B.F.A. degree at the School of Fine Art and Design at SUNY Purchase in Westchester, New York, and then moved to Manhattan, where she worked as an animator, artist, and editor in the network television business.

Seeger lives in Rockville Centre, Long Island, with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Drew and Dylan, and their dog, Copper. She loves painting, surfing, tennis, playing the piano, and spending time with her family. She takes long walks at the beach every day and paints in her studio every night.


Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and a 2-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Award, winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book, and a 2-time winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award. She is also the recipient of the Empire State Award for "Body of Work and Contribution to Children’s Literature".

Laura’s paintings have been exhibited at many museums and galleries including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the Mazza Museum of Picture Book Art, the New York Public Library, and the New York Nassau County Museum of Art.

Laura grew up on Long Island, New York, with her parents, Vera and Phil, brothers, Billy and Tommy, sister, Linda, and both grandmothers. She began drawing at two years old and never stopped. She earned her BFA degree at the School of Fine Art and Design at the State University of New York at Purchase in Westchester, New York. She then moved to Manhattan and began a career as an animator, artist, designer, and editor in the network television business. She created show openings and special segments for NBC and ABC for many years and won an Emmy Award for an opening animation for an NBC Special.

Laura has been an artist and a writer for as long as she can remember and has always wanted to make picture books for children. In the fifth grade, she’d written an essay that stated with absolute certainty that she was born to make picture books. By that time, she had written and illustrated her own little library. Over the years, she continued to make books of all shapes and sizes and several years ago, she decided it was time to try to get some of her books published. She was fortunate to have met her editor, Neal Porter, almost immediately.

Laura lives in Rockville Centre, New York, with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Drew and Dylan, and their dog, Copper, the star of her "Dog and Bear" series. She loves painting, writing, surfing, boating, tennis, running, playing the piano, and spending time with her family and friends. She takes long walks at the beach each day and paints in her studio each night.

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