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Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? (Jesse Bear)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  1,679 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews

What does a little bear wear while he romps through a bright and sunny day? In the morning, his pants that dance, and the sun on his legs that run. At lunchtime, celery crunch and sprouts in a bunch, and juice from a pear and rice in his hair. And at night, his pjs with feet and face on the seat, and sleep in his eyes and stars in the skies, as he dreams of the fun he'll h
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Aladdin (first published 1986)
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May 29, 2009 Marci rated it it was amazing
Joey and I loved this book. It was fun to read and Joey LOL'd repeatedly.
Erin Hendrian
May 12, 2015 Erin Hendrian rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books when I was little, and now I enjoy reading it to Beatrice. :)
Mar 10, 2016 Crissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cathy aka The Attached Mama
One of my favorite books to read aloud to my children. I feel that when my preschooler's life resembles Jesse Bear's, I am doing something right. His days are filled with loving care by his mother (although she does not hover!). He spends hours exercising his little body by digging in the sand, playing in the flowers, and swinging in his garden. He comes in for a healthy lunch midday. And he ends his day covered in dirt just in time to take a bath and be lovingly tucked in bed.

The book is writt
Kristin Gardner
Feb 19, 2017 Kristin Gardner rated it it was amazing
The Jesse Bear books I have never heard of , but I'm glad I found them. This story was very cute and simple. The illustrations were very detailed and nicely drawn. I read this to children before nap time or bed time and they absolutely love it! This book is great with sequence of events that a child might experience through a typical day at home. A very nice story that I would recommend to any parent or teacher to read to children!
Feb 16, 2017 Rachel rated it liked it
I think that this story is nice and easy for children to understand and love the main character, Jesse Bear. I think that it is easy to follow in that the things he wears follow a clock that most children probably go by and it has the repetition of the question of what he will wear and then a different but similar response each time. I think the children can relate very easily to this book. Very nice.
Meghan GTC
Feb 19, 2017 Meghan GTC rated it really liked it
I love the repetition of this book, I feel like it would be easy for children to relate to the things that Jesse does during his morning routine as they probably do them as well. The use of language in this book was also easy to follow and understand. My only critique would be that the illustrations are very busy and may distract children with too many thoughts at once.
Brittany Harvey
Feb 20, 2017 Brittany Harvey rated it really liked it
This book is excellent for teaching about time and routines. This book is a very easy read with lots of rhyming throughout. A great book to read during story-time or bedtime. Also, the illustrations are very easy to understand and very predictable making it easier for kids to follow along.
Juliana Lee
Jesse Bear chooses what he will wear in the morning, noon, and night. He chooses his red shirt, pants that dance, sand on his arm, rice in his hair, bubbles in the tub, feet on his pi's, and much more.
Viviane Elbee
Mar 18, 2017 Viviane Elbee rated it really liked it
A cute, highly creative way of describing one's daily activities... (in this case, a typical day for the young Jesse Bear).

The kids laughed when I read that Jesse Bear was going to wear a chair because he was stuck there at lunchtime.
Elisa Pereyra-Molina
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Kristi Harris
Feb 19, 2017 Kristi Harris rated it it was amazing
This book encourages independence. It also discusses that you can wear a number of things besides clothes. This book is good for early readers. Also, the pictures are adorable!
Meg Griffith
Mar 15, 2017 Meg Griffith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
the sweetest. very gentle book about Jessie Bear and his day at home with his mother. sweet rhymes and a nice rhythm. my 3 year old knows it almost by heart.
Sue Poduska
Mar 02, 2017 Sue Poduska rated it really liked it
Lovely rhyme and a universal story
Oct 11, 2015 Lucy added it
Title: Jesse Bear What Will You Wear?
Author: Nancy White Carlstrom
Illustrator: Bruce Degen
Genre: Predictable Book
Theme(s): Decision-making, growing up, support
Opening line/sentence: Jesse Bear, what will you wear?
Brief Book Summary: The book is about Jesse Bear being asked what he will wear. His mother and father ask him what he will be wearing throughout different times of the day like, morning, noon, and nighttime. He decides to wear whatever he is doing at that moment. For example, when he ta
Jazzmarie Vedrine
Feb 11, 2012 Jazzmarie Vedrine rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading a book about a fun, loving baby bear and what he loves to do and wear each day. The book is an easy read for young children ages 3 to 5 years old and the story has a catchy rhyme from beginning to end. The story of Jesse bear, shows what the baby bear does each part of the day, morning, noon and night and what kind of clothing is appropriate for certain activities and know when it is time to get washed up and cleaned. Children will learn time through the different activities Je ...more
Lesley Dahlseng
Jul 29, 2014 Lesley Dahlseng rated it really liked it
Jesse Bear has a lot of wardrobe changes throughout the day, though it's not what one might think. He may start the day by putting on his simple red shirt, but when he's asked what he wears, he wraps himself up in every moment. From wearing the sun on his legs and sand on his arm in the morning, wearing his carrots and peas at noon, bubbles at bath time, and kisses at bedtime, Jesse Bear certainly has a way with words.

I love it when an artist can capture the beauty in simple moments. Nancy White
Nov 01, 2011 Jeannie rated it liked it
Citation: Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, Nancy White Carlstrom, Bruce Degen(Illustrator), (Simon & Schuster, 1986), 26p. Picture Book/Controlled Vocabulary.

Genre: Controlled Vocabulary

Summary: Jesse Bear gives young readers a new perspective on the word wear. Not only does he wear clothes day and night he also wears other things.

Critique: a. The most compelling feature of this picture book is the use of end rhyme.
b. The strength of rhyme in this book is drawn from repetition of the words
Mar 07, 2013 shay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jesse-bear
Jesse Bear,What Will You Wear? by Nancy Carlstrom is a good book about making choices for yourself as a child. I believe when a child choose for themselves they get a great sense of reward. They appreciate the experience a lot more that if an adult did it. Jesse Bear picked out his shirt of red pulled over his head and pants that dance.Rose between his toes and sun on his legs that run. Also, at noon he said I will wear my chair because I'm stuck there. At night time he has ants in his pants and ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
This first book is so reminiscent of the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik. Jesse Bear is an anthropomorphic bear boy who spends all day at home with his mother. The cheerful and poetic rhyming text that makes up the story shows us what Jesse does all day, and what he wears during his various activities. When he steps out onto the front step and into the sunshine, he wears "My pants that dance / My pants that dance in the morning." At lunch time he'll "wear my chair/'Cause I'm stuck th ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it
This book is a conversation between Jesse Bear and his mother. She asks him what he will wear at different parts of the day. The conversation is in rhyme and flows very well. Jesse Bear describes his clothes, and even what he will carry at different times throughout the day. At one point, Jesse Bear says he will wear sand and sunshine, and later, he will wear food! The end of the day results in Jesse Bear wearing pajamas and kisses.
The illustrations are done with watercolor, pen and ink. They a
Romanus Elangwe
Feb 01, 2014 Romanus Elangwe rated it really liked it
Shelves: bedtime
The book gives the example of sequence. Jesse indicates the activities he will engage in during the day up to when he get to bed at night. He will wear a red colored shirt and pant and he will dance with it. He will cut the rose and insert it between his toes and run in the sun He will put sand on arm and hand. Students will learn colors, rhyming words like (run, sun),(sand, hand,(rose, toes)and at noon, Jesse will "wear" his chair, your "chair" and get stuck on it. Here we have grammar and some ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it
This was a super cute book! I loved Jesse Bear. He reminded me of Little Bear but different. Jesse Bear got up in the morning and got dressed. He went outside to run around and play, especially in the sand box. He ate some lunch, got it all over himself and went back outside till his dad got home. Then he took his bath, got his pj's on, played some with his dad and then went to sleep. I loved the rhyming scheme of this book like “my shirt of read, pulled over my head.” The two-page spread of whe ...more
Diana Garcia
This book teaches children on routine. It shows the morning, noon, and night. Also what he wears for each part of the day and how in the morning you mest get dressed and brush your teeth. During lunch he was wearing a bib and he sat down in his chair. And for the night time he needed his bath and pajamas. I like how the book started of his day and how the sun was out and by the night time Jesse described the moon and stars. It has a lot of word play using repition and rhyming. It's a fun book to ...more

This story tells about Jesses, the little bear in the early beautiful morning. Someone asking him for what will he wear in this morning. He will wear a red shirt, he will wear his pants for dance. He enjoys doing like wearing a rose between his toes, the sun on his legs, the sand on his arm and his hand in the morning. The little bear stuck in his chair at noon. At noon, he will wear carrots and pears, and a little more of celery crunch, an apple to bite, a moustache of white, juice from a pear
Feb 04, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: pattern-books
I remember reading this book when I was in elementary school. The illustrations are beautiful and fun for any child to enjoy. The repetitive "Jesse Bear what will you wear?" is a great effect to keep to keep the student on track. All of the items that we do not normally think of wearing give so much more depth to the book than the single outfit the bear puts on in the morning. The fact that the verses rhyme is also great for young readers. I would read this book aloud to a kindergarten of maybe ...more
Layla & Rachel
Apr 16, 2013 Layla & Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
In full disclosure, Rachel's mom used to read this book to her when she was younger and she loved it then. She still loves it now.

Nancy White Carlstrom's Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? is a exactly what you would expect for a 1986 picture book. In Rachel's mind, that means perfection. While Layla is what you might call a hipster reader, she likes reading picture books from before her time. She also enjoyed silly Jesse Bear telling his parents what he would wear - from the norm My shirt of red P
Amy Forrester
Feb 20, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
This book follows little Jesse Bear through his day from sun up to bedtime. As the day progresses Jesse’s mom asks him the rhyming question, “Jesse Bear, what will you wear?” Jesse’s answers range from the practical, “My shirt of red, pulled over my head,” to the whimsical, “I’ll wear the sun on my legs that run.” As the book ends, Jesse’s parents tuck him into bed and we watch him fall asleep.

Degen’s illustrations are bright and playful.The repetitive text is formatted in a patterned structure
Jessica Maynard
Nov 25, 2012 Jessica Maynard rated it really liked it
Shelves: predictable
Jesse Bear what will you wear is a funny story for young readers. It introduces young children to the different times of day and what to wear. In the story Jesse Bear is asked "What will you wear?" and he responds with different things such as a chair and peas and I think that humor makes it interesting for the children. The rhyme of the book is easy to remember so it makes it interactive for the children. They can almost guess that the next line will be "Jesse Bear what will you wear". At this ...more
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Nancy White Carlstrom has written more than 50 books for children, including the Jesse Bear series with illustrator Bruce Degan.

Born the daughter of steel mill worker William J. and Eva (Lawrence) White, Nancy White Carlstrom was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, on August 4, 1948. She practiced writing poetry, enjoyed reading books like Little Women, and wanted to become a children’s book author
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