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Bear Feels Scared (Bear)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  1,518 ratings  ·  123 reviews
In the deep, dark woods
by the Strawberry Vale,
a big bear lumbers
down a small, crooked trail....
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Nov 24, 2012 Nina added it
Bear feels Scared by Karma Wilson is a compassionate story using rhyme and clear structure about a Bear is in the woods and hungry, but due to cold weather decides to give up his search for food and go home to his cozy cave. On his return it gets dark and Bear stop by a base of a tree, shaking with fear. Wondering where he is his two friends, Wren and Badger go out into the storm to look for Bear. They eventually find Bear and calm his fears.

This is a book suitable for pre- school up until class
Sara Andrews
“Bear Feels Scared” is a wonderful book that helps guide and express emotional and social development. The sing-song lyrical prose and beautifully illustrated pages bring the main character Bear’s emotions to life with vivid color and expression. The book highlights the importance of friendship, self awareness, and teamwork, all the while conveying to the reader a sense of emotional connection and empathy for the lost Bear.

The story is a about a bear who is hungry and goes out to look for a snac
In the same vein as Bear Snores On and Bear Stays Up, author Karma Wilson has brought a wonderful addition to the Bear stories. I especially love the illustrations of the wind swept grass and how the tension increases as the pictures get darker with night approaching. That contrasted with the warm colors inside his cave are really wonderful. What's most touching is the cover and why all the animals are huddled together.
Thu Nguyen
This book is so cute. Usually the bear is the scary animal, but in this book, the bear is lost and scared. And all his little friends have to go out and search for him. This book teaches children about friendship. We can talk about different things that we can do for a friend. We can talk about feelings thqt children might. Have. What do they do when they are scared? This book an open many great discussion with children.
Bear gets lost ten feet from his cage and a storm hits. His friends go out and find and they all end up happily snoozing in the cave together. Another happy ending. Well done.
Savannah Work
"Bear Feels Scared" is a wonderful book to use when exploring social-emotional concepts. I feel like it could help children understand that everyone gets scared and that everything will eventually be okay when they've got friends to help them. This is a book that I would have in my classroom at all times if possible.

Facts about the author: Karma Wilson's first book was "Bear Snores On"; it was published in 2002. Since then she has written over 30 other children's books. Karma wrote several books
I would have totally thought I'd already put this on Goodreads. But lo and behold when it showed up on one of my friend's feeds I didn't have anything next to it. I just finished a Karma Wilson author study, for heaven's sake. And just a few days ago we had a bad storm come in (first rain in like 100 days) and they had all the kids from the portables camped out in all the classrooms. When a kindergarten class came in she begged for some extra time because her room was so crowded with fourth grad ...more
Britteny Gilge
Bear Feels Scared is a story about a bear that is all out on his own and is starts to become dim and he becomes scared. He doesn’t know what to do, but luckily his friends come to find him. The search and search and then finally find bear. This is a great tail about friendship and how friends help in times of need and we can always count on them. One thing I really liked about this book was its illustrations. The illustrator did a very good job at setting the different scenes between the friends ...more
Erica Rhodes
My kids loved this story. The rhyming rhythm is enjoyable and my four year old loves to put in the predictable last word when talking about how Bear feels. The other animals show great care for their large, timid friend, which helps children see compassion in action. We love these books and are seriously considering looking for the whole series.
Lindsay Michael
I like how this book shows children if you have true friends, that they will always be there for you and worry about you when they feel something isn't right. I also enjoyed how the book was suspenseful at first, and then calming at the end. It gives the reader almost a relief and I think kids would enjoy that feeling as well.
Sarah Lane
This is a great story about a bear and his fear of being away from home, feeling scared, and his friends who come to help him. The rhyming in the story and repeating of "bear feels scared" are great ways to get children hooked on the story. Children can also relate to being alone/without their parents or friends and how they felt.
Dominique St-pierre
Yet another sweet book about Karma Wilson about a Bear who is out in the woods (imagine!) by himself and the weather turns. His friends have to decide what to do. Predictable for adults maybe but my Kindergarteners really struggled with what Bear's friends would decide to do. Great for helping students make predictions and talking about what scares them.
Paige P
First of all, I love all the bear series. Karma Wilson does a great job making bears friendly. This story is about bear being scared and his friends come and rescue him. Students can learn about friendship and how to work together as a team.
Great rhythm, and his lair always looks irresistibly cozy. The only thing that bothers me is that he got lost only TEN FEET away from his home. Come on; Bear is smarter than that. He would've seen it from that distance, even if scared!
Ashley Fischer
The cover really does a good job of setting up the book. If you read the title, Bear Feels Scared, and then look at the picture on the cover, the reader really has to look at the details to figure out what may happen in the story. If you just look at the picture and see the bear scared and the other animals by him that don’t really seem scared, a reader may just get the idea that the bear’s friends comfort him. However, if the reader really looks at the details and the texture of the bear’s fur, ...more
My two-year old is very concerned about the bear and becomes anxious about all the noises the bear hears in the book. I think a few more pages about how Bear is comforted by his friends would help.
Wooden Horse
My 3 year old cousin is fond of saying that he's "scared". He doesn't really know what the word means so I've been trying to find examples for him. This one provided a pretty good example. He was curious as to who all the animals were and what their names were. We read Bear Wants More and Bear Feels Sick right after this one. He was quick to point out that it was the same bear. They are all cute stories. This one was the regular hardcover and the other two were the board book versions.
Predicting- I wonder what Bear is afraid of. Hmmmm. Look at the cover. What do you see? About mid-way through the story, talk about their predictions; confirm that it was indeed nighttime, and we learned that what made Bear feel scared was that he was lost and lonely in the dark and he wanted to be home with his friends.

The authors choice of words can be discussed.
-What does it mean when the ‘sun starts to set‘?
-If I ‘mutter‘ something, I might say it like. . .
-When Bear ‘sheds big tears‘, wha
Andrea Wilkinson
Beautiful full-page illustrations with an equally simple, but beautiful story about friendship and caring about others.
Parker Catlett-Miller
I cannot properly explain my love for these "Bear Feels " books - but love them I do!
Emily Cook
Sweet story about fear, and the way friends can help friends through storms!
We enjoy these books, the drawings are cute, the stories are good.
I love all Karma Wilson's Bear books.
Stephanie Rudisill
I love all of Karma's bear books!
Erika Tortorice
I love this book! The illustrator does a phenominal job of bring out the feelings of the scared bear by using dark colors and exaggerted lines to show the seriousness of his situation. The author keeps driving the point of bear feeling scared thorughout the whole book. Because he is lost in the dark woods alone the author writes in other characters who are woodland friends of bear and concerned for him and willing to do what ever it takes to find him. It was a very nice story about friendship an ...more
Peter Heinrich
Karma Wilson's poetry is really fun to read out loud, and Jane Chapman's illustrations are gorgeous. (Chapman is one of my all-time favorite illustrators, along with Mark Teague, Jolly Roger Bradfield, and Charles Fuge).
Kelly Thevenot
Bear Feels Scared is a wonderful children's book about friendship. The bear goes out, it gets dark and he gets lost. All of his other animal friends get worried so they go out in the storm and look for him. When they find him, they bring him back to his den and put a blanket over him to keep him warm. The book also has rhyming words, which makes it more interesting for young children. I would use this book in a lesson about the importance of friendship.
Diana Hanke
Who doesn't like the bear and his friends? While looking for a snack in the woods, darkness and a storm cause bear to become lost. Scared and alone, bear tries to wait out the storm. Meanwhile his friends worry for his safety and form a search party. They find dear bear and return him home to the safety of his lair. Inventive language and beautiful paintings contribute to more popular stories about bear. Appropriate for Grades PreK - 2.
Nov 30, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2010, childrens, rhyming
What child cannot relate to being lost and/or scared of the dark? In this rhyming tale, Bear and his friends return to comfort children and let them know to stay put if they get lost, and that it is okay to be scared in the dark. We have enjoyed all of the books in this series and although our girls are beginning to outgrow them, we will likely look for more in the future. In the meantime, we will look for others written by Karma Wilson!
Little Miss and the Legomeister
It wasn't an ideal bedtime story. Even Little Miss, who rarely gets scared, became frightened and rambunctious. But the animals are cute, warm friends who help each other. The rhythm/rhyme was pleasant and the repetition effectively done, making it enjoyable to read out loud.

It did seem a bit silly that the giant Bear was immobilized by fear of dark and storm ten feet from his home, but it was a cute story.
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Karma Wilson grew up an only child of a single mother in the wilds of North Idaho. Way back then (just past the stone age and somewhat before the era of computers) there was no cable TV and if there had been Karma could not have recieved it. TV reception was limited to 3 channels, of which one came in with some clarity. Karma did the only sensible thing a lonely little girl could do…she read or pl ...more
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