Bear's Scare
Bear's Scare
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Annotation: Bear cares about keeping his house clean and tidy almost as much as he cares about his stuffed friend, Ursa, so he is determined to find the spider building messy webs there.
Catalog Number: #160264
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-681-19720-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-681-19720-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017034048
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Bear is a tidy creature who likes keeping his home just so. Everyday he and his best pal, a plush bear named Ursa, dust, sweep, and straighten together. But one day, something is amiss. Bear discovers a book lying on the floor rtainly not a place he would leave it d attached to it, a sticky spider web. A quick search reveals more webs, triggering a frantic, furniture-toppling hunt for the many-legged mess maker. The charming charcoal-and-crayon illustrations tell another story, however. As Bear tears through his house, readers espy the adorable arachnid (wearing a button for a beret!) engaged in a number of serene activities, of which Bear would surely approve. Scenes rendered in orange, persimmon, plum, and chocolate zoom in on the spider painting, reading, drinking tea, and even sweeping up Bear's mess, but it's not until Ursa meets with an accident that Bear sees the spider for the caring individual she is. Grant's friendship story will catch readers like flies with its artwork and gentle humor, while encouraging them not to make assumptions about others.
Horn Book
Fastidious housekeeper Bear--with his stuffed friend, Ursa--searches high and low for the culprit spinning messy webs in his home. When Bear discovers the spider has woven a bandage for Ursa's torn arm, he ends up with "something he never expected": another friend. With chunky shapes and a subdued, tawny palette, the digitally colored charcoal and crayon illustrations capture the action throughout Bear's homey interiors.
Kirkus Reviews
A house-proud bear is convinced that his house is clean and everything inside is in shipshape condition. He and his dearest friend, Ursa, a tiny stuffed bear, clean the house from top to bottom every day. However, when mysterious webs start appearing all over the house, Bear realizes they have a messy problem. Things go from bad to worse when, in his effort to locate the spider, Bear topples furniture and inadvertently tears off little Ursa's arm. Distraught, he lies on the floor, the wounded bear in his arms, before running to fetch a first aid kit. When he returns, he discovers that the little bear's arm has been neatly reattached with…spider webs! The jaunty little spider (who wears a beret and has been visible to readers all along) now becomes Bear's friend, along with all its webby relatives. The fairly slight story, with its simple message of teaching tolerance, is saved from mundanity by Grant's stylish, charcoal-and-crayon illustrations, digitally colored in an unusual muted palette of peaches and browns. The white webs stand out well in the pictures, and readers will have fun pointing out the spider in illustrations where Bear has not spotted it, as well as all the little spiders larking about. The repetitive, declarative text is ideal for beginning readers. A sweet, feel-good story with plenty of interesting visual detail. (Picture book. 3-5)
Publishers Weekly
Bear, a plodding, conscientious creature, takes pleasure in the certainty that his house is tidy, and lavishes attention on his stuffed toy Ursa: -They were always together.- But then (horrors!) he discovers spiderwebs in his house, and he sets to work trying to find the spider and get rid of it. -I am certainly sure the spider is nothing like us,- he sniffs. Grant (Through with the Zoo) quickly delivers the message that Bear-s the one with the problem as he depicts the friendly-looking arachnid knitting an afghan and painting on a small easel; it-s clear that, despite the webs, she-s a fine housemate. However, Bear-s search is so hurried and careless that he rips Ursa-s arm loose. He can-t mend it, but someone else-someone with eight legs and lots of
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

Bear likes to keep his house clean and tidy. In fact, the only thing Bear loves more than cleaning is taking care of his small stuffed friend, Ursa. Then Bear sees a sticky spiderweb . . . and where there's a web there is certainly a spider! The messy guest must be found, but what Bear and Ursa finally discover might just be an unlikely friend. Opposites attract in this adorable story, where new friends come in all shapes and sizes.

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