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Bear's Busy Family (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Press: Turtleback (January 1, 2001)
Publication Date:2000-1
ISBN:9780613336727
Author Name:Blackstone, Stella/ Harter, Debbie (ILT)
Pages:32
Language:English

Content

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. 
A young bear narrator introduces her grandma, grandpa, uncle, auntie, mommy, daddy, sister, brother, and cousins, and describes all the special things they do.

From Booklist

With this bright, rhyming picture book, parents and teachers can easily and naturally start talking with young children about genealogy and extended family. 
A young bear narrator introduces her grandma, grandpa, uncle, auntie, mommy, daddy, sister, brother, and cousins, and describes all the special things they do.
Each double-page spread sports a boldly lettered, short phrase (e.g., "Taste the fish my uncle brings") and a brilliantly colored, well-designed scene (the uncle fishing in a stream).
At the end of the book, all the family members and their respective talents show up at a birthday party for the newest member of the family.
The last spread is a family tree--a portrait of the whole family sitting on different branches of a tree.
The watercolor, pen-and-ink, and crayon illustrations are bright and busy, just like this bear family.
Kathy Broderick

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A simple rhyming text and appealing illustrations will capture the very youngest of children, despite a rather innocuous title. 
A family of bears goes about their work: a grandmother bakes bread, a grandfather makes pottery, a father gardens, a mother sews, and so on.
The narrator describes each in terms of the relationshipbrother, sister, aunt, etc.and each activity in terms of tactile experience: ``Touch the plums/my sister picks/Taste the bowl/my brother licks.'' The pictures are boldly colored, with an effervescent, whimsical line, as the bears cook, prepare, and make music for, it turns out, the baby's birthday.
Cats, birds, mice, and squirrels populate the indoor and outdoor scenes as wiggly grace notes, and the bears' pointy faces and large fuzzy bodies are reassuringly cozy.
(Picture book.
2-6) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.

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Review

"A simple rhyming text and appealing illustrations will capture the very youngest of children.... 
Cats, birds, mice, and squirrels populate the indoor and outdoor scenes as wiggly grace notes and the bears' pointy faces and large fuzzy bodies are reassuringly cozy." --Kirkus Reviews<br /><br />"A simple rhyming text and appealing illustrations will capture the very youngest of children....
Cats, birds, mice, and squirrels populate the indoor and outdoor scenes as wiggly grace notes and the bears' pointy faces and large fuzzy bodies are reassuringly cozy." --Kirkus Reviews<br /><br />"A simple rhyming text and appealing illustrations will capture the very youngest of children....
Cats, birds, mice, and squirrels populate the indoor and outdoor scenes as wiggly grace notes and the bears' pointy faces and large fuzzy bodies are reassuringly cozy." --Kirkus Reviews<br /><br />"Another winning story from the author and illustrator of Bear in a Square (1998) and Bear on a Bike (1999, both Barefoot)....
An entertaining book that may be helpful when explaining familial relationships to young children, and suitable for reading aloud or for beginning readers." --School Library Journal

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stella Blackstone has written many best-selling books for Barefoot Books, including the highly successful Bear series, My Granny went to Market (Barefoot Books, 1995) and Can You See the Red Balloon? (Barefoot Books, 1997). 
Her books continue to be translated into many languages.
She lives in the Cotswolds with her three children.
Debbie Harter continues to attract a following from all over the world with her bold, funny and child-friendly images.
She has illustrated a number of titles for Barefoot Books, among them Herb the Vegetarian Dragon (9781-902283-99-6), Cooking With Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon (9781-84148-040-1) and The Animal Boogie (9781-84148-095-9).
Debbie divides her time between London and Sydney, Australia.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Tags

Children's Books,Animals,Bears,Growing Up & Facts of Life,Family Life,Multigenerational,Literature & Fiction

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Comment List (Total:14)

  •     My son and I read this book many, many times during the baby and toddler years and always enjoyed it. The illustrations are richly colored, beautiful, and playful. A bit gender stereotyped (mom sews, uncle catches fish), but still sweet. Celebrates family relationships, the contributions that different members of the family make, and the joy of togetherness.

  •     Bear's Busy Family A very interesting book that my little 2 year old grandson liked very much. It was high quality.

  •     Love the bear books, I highly recommend them, they grow well with children and keep their intrest with both content and design. BUT...I did not expect my purchase, which was listed as being in good condition, to look as though it sat in a flood. Hesitant to even let my toddler hold it. Very disappointed in the quality.

  •     I love the entire Bear series by Stella Blackstone and Debbie Harter except for this book. Bear at Home, Bear About Town, Bear in Sunshine, and Bear at Work are wonderful.

  •     Thank you!

  •     All new parents must invest in the BEAR books. They are amazing and your child will love them.

  •     This is a rhyming book about the bears in the family and what they do, like sing, lick bowls, and pick plums. It provides a nice review of the names of family relationships.

  •     This is another in the fabulous series of "Bear" books by Stella Blackstone. The books are beautifully illustrated by Debbie Harter, and the stories are simple and very sweet. The children I take care of love these books, and never seem to outgrow them. We were able to borrow all of the other Bear books from the library, but this one wasn't available so I purchased it, and we are all very happy with it.

  •     I love the books in the Bear Series! The kids in the class really attend to the stories and love the colorful pictures.

  •     My daughter loves the pictures the book is great!!!If your looking for a great book to read to your kids this is it.

  •     This has been my daughter's favoite book since she received it as a gift when she was 7 months old. She has stacks and stacks of other baby board book, including all the classics like "Goodnight Moon," and this is always the one she pulls out and wants to hear me read. She seems to love the illustrations, which are whimsical, very colorful and glossy, as well as listening to the sweet story. The fact that the book is a little larger than what seems to be the standard board book size also seems to appeal to her. I highly reccommend this book!

  •     My toddler LOVES this series, so I was excited to buy this book for him. However, the main character in the other books we have (Bear at Home, Bear in Sunshine & Bear About Town) does not appear in this book. The bears are cute and colorful and all have Debbie Harter's distinctive style, but "our friend Bear," as we call him, is not part of this family of bears.It's still a cute book, and my 2.5 year old still loves it -- but I was a little disappointed. (LOL)

  •     I love all her books and so does my son. He likes to point out bear. Quick to read and good illustration makes it an easy bedtime story.

  •     My 2 yr old daughter loves loves loves this book as does she all the Bear books but this is her fav right now!

 

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