A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse)
Bear is quite sure he doesn’t like visitors. He even has a sign. So when a mouse taps on his door one day, Bear tells him to leave. But when Bear goes to the cupboard to get a bowl, there is the mouse — small and gray and bright-eyed. In this slapstick tale ...more
I dare you NOT to give the mouse a British accent if you read this aloud. I just DARE you. Go ahead, try. It's not possible.
This is a lovely book -- sweet without being sappy or annoying. There are also some great opportunities for learning some new vocabulary words -- VAMOOSE! INSUFFERABLE! -- which are easily explained in context. Perhaps a bit long, page-wise, for preschool storytime, but I'm going to try it out with some kids tomorrow and see how it goes. Perhaps the story'll hook them ...more
Bear doesn't like visitors, and in fact he has a sign on his door saying "No visitors allowed". One day as he's about to get his breakfast ready, a mouse knocks on his door. Bear tells him to go away, and closes the door in his face. But every time he goes to get an item for his breakfast - a cup, an egg etc. - there's the mouse! How did he get in? No matter how many times Bear keeps throwing the ...more
The illustrations are very appealing and bear’s expressiveness is hilarious at times. Bear’s house looks so cozy and bear and mouse are both very cute.
This (new) friendship story is very sweet, although in real life I suspect mouse would annoy me; my friends know to call or email ahead if they’re going to visit, though as I child I enjoyed it when a playmate knocked on the door or rang the doorbell ...more
Bear doesn't like visitors (apparently he hasn't had any, and as such has decided he doesn't like them). Mouse shows up one day and knocks on the door. Bear tells him to go away. The next ten pages or so are of Bear starting to make his solitary tea only to be interrupted by the fact that Mouse has (apparently) broken into the house and is stashed wherever Bear is going to go ne ...more
The animals' faces are highly expressive. Neither Bear nor Mouse is really "cute" -- they look realistic with Bear's voluminous shape and the skinniness of the Mouse. The light and earthy color scheme fits the animal setting as well. Although predictable in some way, the popping up of the Mouse at various spots in the house will make the youngest set of listeners squeal with delight. I can totally see this one at a library reading aloud program and become a favorite, especially wit ...more
For some reason, I thought it was appropriate to read Mouse's part with a British accent. Perhaps it was the req ...more
There's a refrain that our little reader loves to repeat: the mouse is always "small and gray and bright-eyed."
The illustrations are just wonderful, with little touches like a bee-print tablecloth.
A cute lesson on being a friend to someone who doesn't make friends easily (though maybe not by multiple breaking and entering) and helping them come out of their shell. The mostly water colors and pastel pallet is also nice and light, so the pictures...more
As bear get exasperated, the size of print grows but the illustrations also deftly illustrate comically and with heart all of bear's feeling as mouse 'worms' his way into his heart and home.
Genre: "A Visitor For Bear" can be classified as a beast tale in the traditional literature genre. It is classified as such because an animal, Bear, takes on human characteristics such as living and caring for himself in a small home.
Pre-Reading Strategy: First Lines
I have chosen the first line pre-reading strategy for "A Visitor For Bear." In this strategy, the first line of the story is read aloud to the children. Pausing after the opening line, the children are asked to predi ...more
Format: Children's Picture Book
Award: E.B. White Read Aloud Award
Summary: Bear thought for sure that he didn't ever want visitors in his house! He even had a sign for all who approached. When a little visitor finds his way into bears presence, it's amazing to see the various ways that bear responds! We watch bear and his little visitor become well acquainted and even friends!
Critique: There is not much that I think should be changed or altered in the text. I really enjoyed it and ...more
Genre: Picture Book/Fantasy
Pre-reading Strategy: Picture Walk
This book works well for a picture walk because of the details the illustrator has given the pictures. The author has also made pieces of the storyline repetitive, and the pictures imitate the recurring problem, therefore the students should be able to recognize this and make predictions.
Pre-reading Strategy Script:
"Hello class, today we are going to read a Golden Sower Nominee book, titled "A Visitor For Bear," by Bo ...more