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A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  3,115 ratings  ·  278 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
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Hardcover, 56 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Candlewick Press
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Betsy
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
Mary
Ahhhh.

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
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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
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Lisa Vegan
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
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Laura
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
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
Kathryn
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
Dolly
Jan 02, 2015 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2010, childrens
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
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Amy
Nov 16, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Anthony
I love picture books. Even before I had my two children I could be found in the children's section of my library (I work in a library)straightening shelves and stopping for the occasional cover that caught my eye to take in a quick read.

A well written and illustrated picture book, just like a novel, makes you feel. Of course I prefer to read the picture books that make me "feel" happy; the ones that make me "feel" like laughing. "A Visitor for Bear" is one of those picture books.

It is simply th
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Cassidy
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
Daniel Middleton
Bear does not care to have visitors over. But when a tiny unwelcome guest pops in for repeated visits, Bear's patience is put to the test. His guest is a persistent mouse who just wants to spend time with Bear—maybe have a spot of tea, or a bit of cheese—but Bear, intolerant as he is, will have none of it. So out goes Mouse, and Bear proceeds (several times, mind you) to shut the door behind him. But each time he returns to the business of fixing breakfast, out pops Mouse from some new hiding pl ...more
Joanne
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
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.
Ryan
Great illustrations. The plot was a little simplistic, but the subtle humor made up for it.
Sylvia
The kids love anticipating where mouse will show up next. A lovely story about making new friends.
Brenda
Cute but not enough(?
Christen
Nobody visits Bear. He even has a sign, “No Visitors Allowed.” But one day there is a tap, tap, tapping on the door just as Bear tries to make his breakfast. It’s Mouse dropping in for a visit – over and over again – no matter how many times Bear escorts him from the cottage. Eventually, Mouse’s persistence wins. They settle in for a cup of tea and Bear learns that friends make welcome visitors. Enlarged text in strategic spots of dialogue cue the emotional difference between Bear’s crumbling co ...more
Heidi
I knew this book would be too long for a toddler or preschool storytime. And with the varying ages I could get with craft or PJ, I might not be able to do this one either. Not text intensive, but still long and might be boring to some children.

I, however, did not find it boring. I loved the illustrations and how frustrated the bear got. There was some very slight humor that might go over some children's heads--but might not. The book, though, should probably be read with a British accent. It jus
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Amelia
I love Bear. I love Mouse. Together, they make magic. Bear's emotions build at just the right pace as he tries time and again to make his breakfast, only to be interrupted by this most unwanted visitor. And time and time again, the kids are always amazed at how Mouse keeps getting into Bear's house, even after the door is locked, the windows are boarded, the chimney is stopped, and the bathtub drain is plugged. You must read this book with feeling, pulling your hair and wailing just as Bear does ...more
Christen
Nobody visits Bear. He even has a sign, “No Visitors Allowed.” But one day there is a tap, tap, tapping on the door just as Bear tries to make his breakfast. It’s Mouse dropping in for a visit – over and over again – no matter how many times Bear escorts him from the cottage. Eventually, Mouse’s persistence wins. They settle in for a cup of tea and Bear learns that friends make welcome visitors. Enlarged text in strategic spots of dialogue cue the emotional difference between Bear’s crumbling co ...more
Barbara
Bear is decidedly not interested in any visitors. He even posts a sign to ward off anyone foolish enough to drop by. But when a mouse happens to appear in his house, he doesn't take the visit lying down. He does everything humanly possible to get rid of the unwanted creature. No matter what he does, the mouse keeps popping up in the most unlikely spots. After growing increasingly frustrated, he roars his rage at the mouse and tells it to go away. It turns out, though, that all Bear needed was a ...more
Young Mensans
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
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
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Ezekiel
Apr 29, 2012 Ezekiel rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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Amy Musser
All Bear wants to do is enjoy his tea all by himself in his cozy cottage. Then Mouse shows up at the door, “small and gray and bright-eyed.” Bear points at the “No visitors allowed” sign and closes the door. But Mouse won’t give up and as Bear puts together his tea he finds Mouse hiding all over the kitchen. Each time he banishes Mouse, locking the door and boarding up the windows, the small creature somehow makes his way back into the cabinets, the fridge, and even the tea pot. Defeated, Bear g ...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
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Skoobdoog
Funny and touching story about a grumpy bear who is convinced he doesn’t like visitors or need company until a very insistent mouse knocks on his door. At first Bear just wants to get rid of Mouse and tries to lock him out, but Mouse always finds a new way back in. Eventually Bear comes to accept and want Mouse’s company as he opens up to idea of having visitors and they become friends. The illustrations are a lovely mix of ink, watercolour and gouche that capture all the humour and charm of the ...more
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
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Jennifer
Bear is a loner. He has always been alone & he doesn't know what he's missing. So, when a mouse appears & repeatedly reappears in his house, his reaction is, of course, growly & unwelcoming. With his persistence, the mouse finally gets through to the bear & bear finds that in welcoming mouse into his home & giving of himself, he makes a friend. By the end of this story, it is the bear who is begging mouse to stay and keep him company.
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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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