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The New Bear At School

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Boris the bear is new at school--and all the other animals are afraid of him! Pitch-perfect writing and delightfully charming illustrations will make this a treasured starting school story.

It's hard enough being the new kid at school, but when you're a big bear like Boris, it's even worse! Poor Boris tries his best to be gentle, but his sharp-toothed smile scares away his
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press (first published October 4th 2007)
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Jan 08, 2012 Jade rated it it was ok
A story about a 'hairy, scary, grizzly' bear named Boris who is looking for friendship and acceptance on his first day of school. However Boris is very clumsy and frightens the other children who do not want to be his friends. Even the teacher suggests that Boris tries to be more gentle. When Boris unwittingly scares a gang of bullies, his classmates embrace his 'bear-ish' ways and are glad to be his friend.
The bit when Boris cries alone in the book corner was quite upsetting. Children shouldn't
Five stars for the kind, friendly, bashful softie that is Boris, but one star for a book that teaches your child that when they go to school, they can expect to be judged and even bullied based on how they look. Boris tries to make friends with the other pupils, but is feared and excluded because he's a big grizzly bear not a little teddy. Understandably, this is upsetting for him (not to mention me).

Boris had nobody to play with and nobody to talk to. Tears filled his big brown eyes. Large tear
Jul 22, 2012 Shemona rated it it was amazing
‘The New Bear At School’ by Carrie Weston and Tim Warnes is the perfect story book to read to children on the first day of term. It a tail of Boris a ‘scary’ grizzly bear who starts school but all the other animal students are too scared to befriend him. This upsets Boris and makes him feel very lonely and upset. However, his big size becomes an advantage as he helps to frighten off the big bad bullies in doing so makes friends with his fellow students. This positive story explores friendship, b ...more
Sep 22, 2008 Susan rated it did not like it
Franklin the Turtle had a big moose move into the school - this is along those lines but as the mother of very tall boys who were teased, I found it irksome. While a book I recently read, How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by McNamara, made good points about being small - especially with the terrific line "small things can have a lot going on inside them", this story has the teacher continually asking the large bear to try not to be so scary, and the (rather doofy) looking bear inadvertantly saves the ...more
Steve Holden
Jan 04, 2017 Steve Holden rated it really liked it
This is a story about Boris the bear, new at school, and trying to contain his nerves and fear to find his place among new friends. I've been using this for a couple of years in the classroom now, and makes for a nicely themed read aloud for a class with a newer student or one about to leave. There are areas in the book that can certainly be interpreted in different ways - but being new and trying to fit in and can be difficult. This isn't just true of young kids in school, but much the same as ...more
Jan 07, 2017 Anu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pienten metsäneläinten luokkatoveriksi tulee uusi oppilas joka ei ihan vastaa odotuksia. Boris-karhu on liian suuri, liian karvainen, liian äänekäs ja liian pelottava. Ystävälliseksi tarkoitettu hymykin on täynnä isoja pelottavia hampaita. Väärin ymmärretty Boris-parka jää yksin ja on kovin kovin onneton. Kotimatkalla muitten koululaisten kimppuun hyökkää lauma ilkiörottia ja silloin iso karvainen koulukaveri onkin hyvä olemassa. Erilaisuutta ja hyväksymistä herttaisella kuvituksella. Isot eivät ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Keri rated it liked it
Category: Grades K-3, Book #13

This book is about a new "kid" (actually a bear named Boris) at school who doesn't quite fit in at first. He's bigger than all the other animals and no matter how gentle he was, he still scared the other animals. This made him very sad, because he wanted to fit in just like all the other animals. On their way home from school one day, some bullies approached the smaller animals and Boris rescued his friends and scared them away. From that day on, Boris was loved by
Jun 29, 2015 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Synopsis: "Boris the bear is new at school--and all the other animals are afraid of him! Pitch-perfect writing and delightfully charming illustrations will make this a treasured starting school story.

It's hard enough being the new kid at school, but when you're a big bear like Boris, it's even worse! Poor Boris tries his best to be gentle, but his sharp-toothed smile scares away his classmates. In the end, the animals find they love having Boris on their side!

With a heartwarming story and charmi
Tonia Byers
Sep 09, 2016 Tonia Byers rated it it was amazing
This book has animal characters with realistic personalities of young students and their reactions to a new peer. The new peer student happens to be a large, hairy and scary grizzly bear who just wants to fit in. He is ignored because he is different and his size makes him look scary when compared to the little animals in his classroom. As the large grizzly bear learns to accept having no friends, he ends up saving the little animals from a bully. This story is an excellent depiction of how new ...more
Heather Bowden
Sep 30, 2013 Heather Bowden rated it liked it
Shelves: randoms
This is a book that I would read if I received a new student during the year. Or at the beginning of the year for students who are attending the school for the first time. It shows that you can't judge a book by it's cover, because you don't know what's inside. The other animals in the class were expecting a cute teddy bear but they got Boris instead and they immediately thought he was scary. The teacher didn't make it any better because she didn't see all the accidents as just accidents, she wa ...more
Margaret Welwood
Aug 30, 2014 Margaret Welwood rated it it was amazing
I think this is one of those books where it’s hard to believe the author and illustrator are two different people. Tim Warnes has so beautifully captured the innocence and sweetness of the animals, both in their facial expressions and their actions. (Except for the rat pack, of course—these meanies are neither sweet nor innocent.)

Scary, hairy, and just plain big, Boris is excluded all day by his frightened classmates. But on the way home . . . (Oops, no spoilers!)

This is a beautifully told story
Ellie Matthews
This is a lovely book about a misunderstood new bear in school. Boris is large and ungainly and causes confusion and a little terror wherever he does. However when the other children are attached by the 'Rat Gang' he inadvertently saves the day.

I thought this book was great and really wished I had had it in my first teaching placement, where new arrivals were very common and often seemed very disorientated. I also really liked it from a teachers point of view, the illustrations give a very funn
Sep 11, 2013 Ina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
When the animals in Miss Cluck's class hear that they are getting a new bear in their class, they are excited and dream about pink fluffy bears and soft bears with velvet paws. What they get is a "big, hairy, scary grizzly bear" who breaks things and scares the other students with his big teeth when he smiles, trying to make friends. The illustrations are wonderful and brim with warmth and emotion as the reader watches Boris struggle to fit in and make friends on his first day of school. There a ...more
Rachel Barnard
Sep 10, 2014 Rachel Barnard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs642
Weston, Carrie. The New Bear At School. Scholastic, Inc, 2008.

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I really did love this book. I caught myself laughing out loud while reading. This is such a sweet book about turning someones differences into a positive thing. Although Boris was big and scary, those qualities helped him to save his friends and prove that he was not so scary after all. This book is also ideal for the beginning of the school year in the classroom. The illustrations and writing style are perfect for
Sep 27, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it
Boris is too hairy, too scary, and too grizzly to go to school, or is he? Maxwell, Fergus, and Leticia think he is! But, when Boris comes in handy scaring away the bullies of the rat pack, the three friends change their minds and decide that Boris is just the one they want around when trouble sneaks up...and having a cuddly, furry lap doesn't hurt either.

Used for "Bears" Storytime: October, 2011.
Kelly Thevenot
Oct 06, 2011 Kelly Thevenot rated it really liked it
The New Bear at School would be a great book to read to a child who is new at school. The bear in this story does not really fit in anywhere because the other animals are scared of him and he is too big to play with them. All the students are nearly attacked by a rat pack until Bear scared them away. Now they do not think Bear is so bad after all. This would be a great story to read when teaching that everyone fits in and we should treat everyone equally.
Christina Townley
Apr 15, 2012 Christina Townley rated it really liked it
This is a book about a new student that comes to class, the student is a bear. All of the other students stay away from Boris the bear because they are scared of how big he is and his teeth. Boris is very sad and lonely until one day he saves his classmates from a group of mean rats. From then on all the students love Boris and realize how nice he really is. The moral of the story is not to judge a person by how they look.
Linda Costello
Mar 11, 2010 Linda Costello rated it really liked it
This is great for if you have a new student come to your room. When the teacher says a bear is coming everyone thinks it will be a teady bear. The bear is a grizzly bear and everyone is scared of him. The bear crys at the end of the school day. When the students are walking home from school a rat pack attacks them. When the bear walks up he scares the rats away. Now everyone loves him.
Katie Brown
This story is about a bear that is a new student. He is the biggest one in the class and everyone thinks he is scary. He feels like he doesn't belong until he scares off some bullies. His classmates thank him and become his friend. It is good to teach about being different and acceptance. It is also good to read to new students.
Melissa Moraja
Aug 27, 2014 Melissa Moraja rated it it was ok
This poor bear just didn't fit in and sadly the only one who tried to help him fit in was the teacher. I felt as if the author overly stressed how scared all the other animals were of bear and then all of a sudden bear does something wonderful and they all like him. They didn't even get to know him. Just a strange way to finally welcome someone at school.
Feb 26, 2012 Maggie rated it it was amazing
This was such a beautiful book it made me cry! I'm a Speech-Language Pathology student doing my senior placement with preschoolers and my college's library suggested this for Preschool-First graders. SUCH A GREAT SUGGESTION FOR ANYONE! I would read this to parents! Beautiful book! "If you're going to be a bear then it's probably best to be a hairy, scary grizzly bear."
The Brothers
A new bear at school is very much misunderstood because all the other students (and sometimes the teacher) judge him on how they think a fearsome bear is rather than how HE is as a bear.

Cute illustrations.
Tierra Garr
This book talks about a bear who is new to a school and just doesn't quite fit in. Many are scared of him and just don't know what to think about him, until the end where he is accepted for who he is.
Tapani Aulu
Tämäkin yrittää olla opettavainen tarina uuden kokemisesta ja erilaisuudesta. Mutta näin pienelle se on vaan hauska tarina isosta karhusta.
Feb 24, 2009 Zonia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-school
When a grizzly bear joins the class, the other animals are frightened but find that he can really come in handy as a friend.
Jul 21, 2010 Lulu rated it it was amazing
This is the CUTEST book I've ever read!! I skimmed it real quick at the Montessori school I work at and fell in love w/ the story and illustrations. Too cute. Omg.<3
Jun 01, 2010 Kaethe rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-aloud
I don't know why the PandaBat is so keen on starting-school books these days, but Boris the bear is a cutie.
Oct 14, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
I have never been a big fan of books or ideas that someone becomes popular just because they become useful in some way. But other than that idea, I have no big issues with the book.
Apr 15, 2009 Huda rated it really liked it
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Shelves: en-pic-books
The giant scary class mate turned out to be cuter than the cuteness itself. A simple story that tells us never judge the book from its cover
Jan 23, 2012 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: creative, animals
A good book for discussing acceptance and making friends. The animals learned that the big grizzly bear has a purpose after all.
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