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Summary: Together, the family decides that they will go exploring to look for a bear. Once they've found the object of their affection, however, they rethink those brave thoughts. This is a fun story of adventure, complete with plenty of opportunities to imitate activities and sounds.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 1.3
Age of Child: Started reading with our 2-year-old daughter.
Young Reader Reaction: This one took a couple readings, but now we want to 'read it myself.' We like to hold the bear and make him walk along with the story.
Adult Reader Reaction: A cute story…with a surprise ending. The bear that comes with the book is GREAT. He in no way resembles your typical teddy bear, but is equally cute.
Pros: The illustrations are wonderful: story page in color, sound-effects page in black and white. The author took a lot of time selecting his sounds and it makes for wonderful, fun reading.
Cons: The family isn't so brave, after all.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow it first, just to see if you like it. I think you will.
Educational Themes: There is so much you can do with this story. Each phase of the journey introduces a different aspect of nature. You--and the little reader--have plenty of chances to imitate sounds and activities (like pretending to walk in high grass). It's also a great
Notes: Amazon noted the gift set was out of print, with limited availability. No restrictions noted at bn.com
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, adventure, picture book
Date(s) Reviewed: december 2003
Other Reviews: See series of Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at www.bn.com (Barnes & Noble).
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