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A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  3,811 Ratings  ·  322 Reviews
Cheery persistence wears down a curmudgeonly bear in a wry comedy of manners that ends in a most unlikely friendship.

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
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Candlewick Press
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Apr 06, 2008 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Cute is hard. Picture book cute, that is. A lot of people might disagree with that, but I'm going to make a case here. There's a perception out there that if you slap a pair of big brown eyes and a furry tail on something, badda-bing! Instant adorable. Picture books, however, offer the greatest test any author or artist has to face. Because cute isn't just a visual state. It's reliant on a story that can be touching without becoming candy-coated and saccharine. It requires a certain level of res ...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
Mar 11, 2016 Kelli rated it really liked it
Bear, having never had a visitor, decides he doesn't like visitors. Mouse pops up all over the place (as mice tend to do) requesting tea, cheese, and a cozy fire. A bear with an excellent vocabulary and a mouse who demands a British accent make this a pleasure to read. A favorite for it's beautiful illustrations and adorable story.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I read this to the kids during afternoon tea time, and they were so into it they were hardly eating!

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
Lisa Vegan
Jul 10, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book for reading aloud. There are many opportunities for voice inflection. Fun!

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
Jan 09, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Adorable tale nominated for a California Young Reader Medal this year. I read this book 17 times this week to various classes and loved every reading. The students help me rediscover this book in different ways. It is a great story about a bear who wants no visitors and a mouse who is persistent in showing up all over the place. Finally bear agrees to let mouse stay if mouse promises to leave after some tea. During the tea, Bear discovers that he likes mouse's company. Finally mouse begins to le ...more
Stacey Seaborne
Oct 05, 2013 Stacey Seaborne rated it really liked it
Bear likes peace and quiet and wants to be left alone. Bear even has a sign outside his house to keep visitors away. One day, Bear hears a knock on the door during breakfast. Bear opens up the door and looks down to see a small grey mouse. Bear turns mouse away and continues to make breakfast, only to find the mouse in his cupboard! Bear shows the mouse to the door and asks him to leave. However, as Bear carries on with making his breakfast, the mouse begins to appear in the fridge, in the cupbo ...more
Nov 24, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it
Disliked the beginning, loved the end! It's the usual story of a curmudgeon's armor being worn away by a persistent and charming soon-to-be friend. However, at first, I just felt the mouse was annoying! Who was he to keep ignoring bear's requests to be left alone just because he (mouse) wanted some food and a play to stay? After all, some creatures really do just want some solitude! By the end, it is clear that bear was unhappy in his solitude and we may hope/insinuate that mouse knew this and h ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Ezekiel rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE!!!
This teaches some pretty creepy lessons to children. Like seriously something that should never be read to kids creepy.

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
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
The positives:

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
Jan 02, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2010
This is a really fun book to read aloud and shows the meaning of friendship and the goodness of having company. The author never explains how the mouse keeps finding his way back into the house (as mice often do), but our girls are convinced it is magic. I thought for awhile that it was just going to be a bunch of look-alike mice who were all hiding in bear's house, but it was not so.

For some reason, I thought it was appropriate to read Mouse's part with a British accent. Perhaps it was the req
Nov 16, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amy by: My Mom
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
My mom heard about this book from a co-worker, and she suggested that I read this to my nephew. He does like his superhero, action/adventure, transformers books, but he also likes gentle stories like A Visitor for Bear. He appreciated Bear's desire to not have visitors (sometimes the boy is a little on the anti-social side), but then he appreciated Bear's realization that sometimes having others around can be kind of cool. Nice pre-schooler/kindergartner fare; subtle pictures, straightforward st ...more
May 23, 2008 Joanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Our oldest LOVES this book, and the more I read it the more I like it too. Bear has a "no visitors" sign posted and is invaded by a small mouse who refuses to go away until Bear invites him for tea and realizes that he really does like having a friend. It's sweet.

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.
Benji Martin
Feb 06, 2013 Benji Martin rated it it was amazing
This is like the bazooka in my arsenal. Whenever I need a picture book for storytime, I can always ask "Have I read A Visitor for Bear, yet?" If not, I have a guaranteed winner. If I have read it, I move on to Sniffles for Bear, Bedtime for Bear or Birthday for Bear. I just have to use a squeaky mouse voice and a growly bear voice and, boom.A fun story time.
Great illustrations. The plot was a little simplistic, but the subtle humor made up for it.
Dec 11, 2013 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1storytime-books
The kids love anticipating where mouse will show up next. A lovely story about making new friends.
Oct 26, 2016 Lydia rated it really liked it
Bear is quite sure he doesn't like visitors, so he makes a sign to that effect. However, he's never really had a visitor, so when Mouse shows up, though Bear tries to stick with his "No Visitors" policy, Mouse is determined to be his first visitor.

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

Rebecca Plaza
Oct 23, 2016 Rebecca Plaza rated it it was amazing
Stellar on so many levels. Everyone brokers relationships for a purpose or avoids them altogether. That is bear initially. The sign says so NO VISITORS Allowed. Mouse persistence gets the better of him.
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.
Colleen McCormack
Nov 03, 2016 Colleen McCormack rated it really liked it
This book was super sweet and had a really good message. I think anyone could really benefit from this book, but more so the younger students. The illustrations are neat and really add to the characters of the book.
Dec 08, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
I can't get enough of grumpy anti-social bears.
Used in Bears preschool storytime - 1/4/2017
Dec 18, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: jp, humor
Cute change of heart and cute bear and mouse!
Becca Ramsey
This book is written by Bonny Becker and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. It is a fantasy book that won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. This book is one of the cutest books. It is about an old bear who tends to be quite grumpy. He doesn't seem to like visitors at all. One day, a mouse comes to visits and he slams the door in the mouse's face. The mouse ends up getting in to the house and appears in every dish or cabinet that the bear interacts with ironed to finish making his breakfast. Ev ...more
Rachel Bormann
Audience: Primary

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
Sep 29, 2016 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
SO GOOD! I absolutely adored this book.
Kayla Lazenby
Sep 10, 2016 Kayla Lazenby rated it it was amazing
Genre: Fantasy
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
Feb 01, 2015 Cassidy rated it really liked it
In this story of a bear who does not want visitors and a mouse who continues to come into the bears house, we see a dramatic change in the bears opinion on visitors and his overall attitude. After the bear fights with the mouse over and over he finally gives up and allows the mouse to stay for a short while as long as he agrees to leave at the end of the night. However, after the mouse is given a chance to show the bear what a real friend is like, the bear no longer wants him to leave. The end o ...more
Samantha Morris
Audience: Primary
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
American Mensa
Feb 15, 2013 American Mensa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book was about a bear that had a “No Visitors Allowed” sign on his front door. Bear was making breakfast when he heard a tap, tap on his door. Bear opened the door and there was a mouse. Bear asks mouse if he read the “No Visitors” sign on his front door. Bear tells the mouse to leave and then he went back to making his breakfast, but when he opens the drawer, there was the mouse; small, gray and bright-eyed. Bear gets the mouse back outside and shuts the door very firmly. Bear opens the cu ...more
Samantha Westall
Sep 16, 2016 Samantha Westall rated it really liked it
Cute watercolor illustration for a story about a bear that learns that it is nice to be in the company of friends.
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Bonny Becker is the author of a number of award-winning picture books and middle-grade novels. She lives in Seattle.
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