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Author: Michael Rosen

Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: hard cover

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR MAMA (Step into Reading Series, a Step 2 Book)   ARE YOU MY MOTHER?   THE SNOWY DAY

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

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, adventure, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: december 2003

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