But the Bear Came Back
But the Bear Came Back
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Annotation: No matter how many times a little boy tries to tell his persistant caller that bears do not belong in houses, the big friendly bear keeps coming back, then one day the bear does not return and the boy realizes he wants to find his friend again.
Catalog Number: #160045
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Sterling
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Taylor, Dan,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-454-92098-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-454-92098-4
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A bear knocks on the door of a little boy's house and is promptly told to go home, because "bears do not belong in houses." However, the persistent bear keeps showing up in the boy's home, messing with his bedtime, reading, art making, and even his bath! The frustrated boy screams, "GO HOME, BEAR!" After this, the bear does not return. Though initially delighted by the bear's absence, the boy soon misses the good-natured interrupter. He declares his loneliness "unbearable" and organizes a neighborhood search. Eventually, the boy gives up, and this is the heart of Sauer's book e regret at not appreciating a loyal companion is palpable in the boy's isolation as well as distant views of the bear standing beneath an umbrella in the rain. The bear, of course, does return, and is welcomed. There is plenty of humor in the details of the colorful, fine-lined art, but this is largely a poignant story, one that could add a nice variety of flavor to storytime. The book could also serve to jump-start conversations about drawing boundaries with friends.
Horn Book
A bear with a suitcase repeatedly shows up at a boy's house until the youngster sternly sends him away because "bears do not belong in houses." Sure enough, the solitary boy soon misses his would-be friend and launches a neighborhood search for him. Appealing vignettes move the entertaining story along, and the illustrations show the bear introducing some agreeable disorder into the boy's orderly home.
Kirkus Reviews
A roly-poly bear, suitcase in hand, knocks on the door of a young child's brownstone. The unnamed narrator informs the bear that bears don't belong in houses. " ‘Go home, bear.' And that was that." But of course it is not. The bear returns with his flamingo friend, so the child says, "Go home, bear. And take that flamingo with you." Many readers may wonder who wouldn't want to at least chat a minute or two with a friendly bear and a dazzling flamingo, but this narrator is a tough nut. Maybe there is some earlier animosity that readers are not privy to? The bear is persistent. It comes down the chimney, joins in an art session, and takes a bath with the protagonist. Finally, the narrator yells at the bear to go home. And the bear does. Suddenly the narrator is desperate. Where is the bear? A search commences. The bear returns. Taylor's art is appealingly retro, making the most of the silliness of the premise. (The narrator is depicted with pale skin, short, brown hair, and wears T-shirts and shorts.) Aside from the silliness, however, little clicks in this story. Why should the bear come back after that rude treatment? What has triggered the narrator's change of heart? Yes, new friendships are strange, but this one will need therapy right from the beginning.An old tale that should have been left alone. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 212
Reading Level: 1.1
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 501203 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 330L
Guided Reading Level: K

What happens when a bear comes knocking at your door--and won't go away? " And I said, ' Go home, bear. ' And that was that. But the bear came back. " Knock, knock. Who's there? A BEAR! A furry, friendly PERSISTENT bear. And no matter how many times a particular little boy tries to tell him that bears don't belong in houses, he keeps coming back--until, one day, he doesn't. Only then does the boy realize how much he cares about the bear . . . and misses him. Can he find his friend again? A funny, surprising story about two unexpected pals.

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