Bear’s New Friend

August 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Books


Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman create another delightful story about Bear and his assorted animal friends. Wilson’s rhyme and repetition paired with Chapman’s colorfully detailed illustrations help with literacy while pulling a child into a mysterious quest with Bear to find the answer to the question “Who?” As each of Bear’s animal pals show up, he eliminates them from his list of “who” it could be hiding from him.

Wilson and Chapman deserve praise for weaving a young children’s tale that encourages curiosity in children and innocently introduces them to the mystery genre by helping them ask the big question of “who.” This story also helps Bear’s fans practice deductive reasoning by ruling out Bear’s well-known friends as suspects. In addition, the modeling of social skills can be a useful subtle lesson for young children still learning to navigate and master social interactions, group situations, and making new friends. Of course, the tale end on a joyful note making for a happy and fun story for little ones.

Whether the authors intended it or not, they imparted a lot of meaningful lessons in this particular Bear adventure.

Ages 3-8.

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