Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
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Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? (Jesse Bear)

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And so Jesse Bear starts his day. It isn't really an unusual day for a little bear, but the weather is warm and sunny and just right for all the things Jesse Bear enjoys doing - like playing in his sandbox, chasing butterflies, and swinging in his swing.
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Turtleback Books (first published 1986)
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Lesley Dahlseng
Jesse Bear has a lot of wardrobe changes throughout the day, though it's not what one might think. He may start the day by putting on his simple red shirt, but when he's asked what he wears, he wraps himself up in every moment. From wearing the sun on his legs and sand on his arm in the morning, wearing his carrots and peas at noon, bubbles at bath time, and kisses at bedtime, Jesse Bear certainly has a way with words.

I love it when an artist can capture the beauty in simple moments. Nancy White...more
Diana Garcia
This book teaches children on routine. It shows the morning, noon, and night. Also what he wears for each part of the day and how in the morning you mest get dressed and brush your teeth. During lunch he was wearing a bib and he sat down in his chair. And for the night time he needed his bath and pajamas. I like how the book started of his day and how the sun was out and by the night time Jesse described the moon and stars. It has a lot of word play using repition and rhyming. It's a fun book to...more
Romanus Elangwe
The book gives the example of sequence. Jesse indicates the activities he will engage in during the day up to when he get to bed at night. He will wear a red colored shirt and pant and he will dance with it. He will cut the rose and insert it between his toes and run in the sun He will put sand on arm and hand. Students will learn colors, rhyming words like (run, sun),(sand, hand,(rose, toes)and at noon, Jesse will "wear" his chair, your "chair" and get stuck on it. Here we have grammar and some...more
Salima Sikandar
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? By Nancy Carlstrom is a book full of routine from morning till bed time. This book talks about giving choice and decide own little things like choosing clothes from the wardrobe which gives the sense of freedom. The illustration in this book is so interesting and real. The scenario are so perfect that children can easily imagine the routine throughout the day and keep an interest throughout and be curious about what going to come next. This book is perfect when we...more
Marci
Joey and I loved this book. It was fun to read and Joey LOL'd repeatedly.
Tishandra Mayfield
This is a really good book. The illustrations were colorful and really helped to bring out the story. I would keep this book in mind when discussing getting ready for bed at night in my class. This is a good book to read to children when they are transitioning into a bigger bed. It also contains a lot of rhyming words, which would keep the child interested in the story.


Have the children to wear pajamas to school and bring in their favorite blanket and pillow. Have each child to discuss their ni...more
Gianna Parisi
I love this book. I think that it would be great to read aloud to students around a first or second grade level. The illustrations are so colorful and exciting every student will be drawn to it. I think this book would be great to teach at the beginning of the year to teach the students about procedures during the day. This book will be a great interactive book with my students. Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? Is about a bear who is going through his daily routine. He is telling his mom what he...more
Elizabeth Brown
I enjoyed reading this book. It has great rhyming words and it is very engaging. This book is excellent for helping children become aware of time/different times of the day. For example, the teacher can have the children tell what they do for each part of the day. I think it's neat how you can tell what Jesse eat and where he played because it was all on his clothes. I think it would be a fun activity for children to color or design their own article of clothing describing what they do each day....more
Jamie
This book is a conversation between Jesse Bear and his mother. She asks him what he will wear at different parts of the day. The conversation is in rhyme and flows very well. Jesse Bear describes his clothes, and even what he will carry at different times throughout the day. At one point, Jesse Bear says he will wear sand and sunshine, and later, he will wear food! The end of the day results in Jesse Bear wearing pajamas and kisses.
The illustrations are done with watercolor, pen and ink. They a...more
Allison
This was a super cute book! I loved Jesse Bear. He reminded me of Little Bear but different. Jesse Bear got up in the morning and got dressed. He went outside to run around and play, especially in the sand box. He ate some lunch, got it all over himself and went back outside till his dad got home. Then he took his bath, got his pj's on, played some with his dad and then went to sleep. I loved the rhyming scheme of this book like “my shirt of read, pulled over my head.” The two-page spread of whe...more
Shannon Moore
Jesse Bear,What Will You Wear? by Nancy Carlstrom is a good book about making choices for yourself as a child. I believe when a child choose for themselves they get a great sense of reward. They appreciate the experience a lot more that if an adult did it. Jesse Bear picked out his shirt of red pulled over his head and pants that dance.Rose between his toes and sun on his legs that run. Also, at noon he said I will wear my chair because I'm stuck there. At night time he has ants in his pants and...more
Jazzmarie Vedrine
I enjoyed reading a book about a fun, loving baby bear and what he loves to do and wear each day. The book is an easy read for young children ages 3 to 5 years old and the story has a catchy rhyme from beginning to end. The story of Jesse bear, shows what the baby bear does each part of the day, morning, noon and night and what kind of clothing is appropriate for certain activities and know when it is time to get washed up and cleaned. Children will learn time through the different activities Je...more
Jeannie
Citation: Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, Nancy White Carlstrom, Bruce Degen(Illustrator), (Simon & Schuster, 1986), 26p. Picture Book/Controlled Vocabulary.

Genre: Controlled Vocabulary

Summary: Jesse Bear gives young readers a new perspective on the word wear. Not only does he wear clothes day and night he also wears other things.

Critique: a. The most compelling feature of this picture book is the use of end rhyme.
b. The strength of rhyme in this book is drawn from repetition of the words...more
Paula Heller
This fabulous book teaches your child about the daily routines of morning, afternoon, and night. Your child will have a better understanding of what will happen during the day after reading this book. The book helps a children transition from one activity to the next by preparing them. The book also teaches children about good hygiene skills and healthy nutrition diets. The bear pictures are very cute and adorable to look at; I thought it was a great choice of characters for young children.
Ericka
cute story about about the bear wondering about what he is going to wear. He decides when he wakes up in the morning, lunch time (noon) and bedtime.

L.E. ~ Teach the times of day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, center time, outside time and home time)

Ask the children what is the 1st thing they do in the morning when they wake up. in order

what clothes do you wear when it is hot, cold, rainy, windy, ext.

can the children name the rhyming words.
Deja
Review: I read this book with my nephew and he loved how Jessie experience many ways of changing his clothes. He mainly loved seeing Jessie the bear interact in the whole story doing many different things. I love how the picture look real that he knew what which one is.



Learning Experiences: I would choose season which is weather. We spend the year going through all the different season an what do wear in the season. We would use a di-cut but enlarge the bear and as the season changes each child...more
Layla & Rachel
In full disclosure, Rachel's mom used to read this book to her when she was younger and she loved it then. She still loves it now.

Nancy White Carlstrom's Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? is a exactly what you would expect for a 1986 picture book. In Rachel's mind, that means perfection. While Layla is what you might call a hipster reader, she likes reading picture books from before her time. She also enjoyed silly Jesse Bear telling his parents what he would wear - from the norm My shirt of red P...more
Rosa Cline
This is a cute story that could be used for a 'just because' story or for a bedtime story. The story starts with the morning and asking Jesse Bear what he wants to wear in the morning... then at noon and then at night. It goes through his daily routine and ends very nice.

This was our first Jesse Bear to read but I can see him being a favorite in the future. Once you read him you'll probably get hooked as well. This book is written simple with semi rhymed lines. So would be easy for a beginning r...more
Dorathy
Great book with adorable illustrations for grades pre-K through 2nd. The rhythm of the text is so catchy and invites students to act out things such as dancing pants. I'd use this as a read aloud to help young students understand daily routine and making choices. This was a favorite of my now 20yr old daughter who particularly loved the pictures of Jesse in his underwear!
Amy Musser
This book follows little Jesse Bear through his day from sun up to bedtime. As the day progresses Jesse’s mom asks him the rhyming question, “Jesse Bear, what will you wear?” Jesse’s answers range from the practical, “My shirt of red, pulled over my head,” to the whimsical, “I’ll wear the sun on my legs that run.” As the book ends, Jesse’s parents tuck him into bed and we watch him fall asleep.

Degen’s illustrations are bright and playful.The repetitive text is formatted in a patterned structure...more
Melody Harmon
We read this book as part of our homeschool curriculum Before Five in a Row. It is a cute book. It has helped my 3 year old learn about the importance of cleanliness (through the pictures, not the story). It provides opportunities for seek and finds, and my son loved counting different items on the pages.
Steve_sonderman
Jesse Bear is a fun read that has very basic, true rhyme. The book has Jesse go through his day and decide what to wear at different times. The book has a good rhythm to it and can be used to gain class participation. The book can be used to introduce youngsters to the elements of rhyme.
Paige Thomson
The story is about a baby bear telling his mother about all of the activities he will do the next day and what he will need to wear. The bear is detailed in his descriptions of the clothing he will need and makes the telling of the story song-like. I think that this would be a great book to teach about clothing and what is appropriate, especially because it covers what you should wear to school. I also think that if you read this story to a class, students would be more inclined to start dressin...more
Jessica Maynard
Jesse Bear what will you wear is a funny story for young readers. It introduces young children to the different times of day and what to wear. In the story Jesse Bear is asked "What will you wear?" and he responds with different things such as a chair and peas and I think that humor makes it interesting for the children. The rhyme of the book is easy to remember so it makes it interactive for the children. They can almost guess that the next line will be "Jesse Bear what will you wear". At this...more
Ashley M.
This story catches young listeners ears with the use of rhymes to explain the items Jesse Bear decides to wear. The topic of times of day and clothing for each along with other items are brought to attention in this story. The repetitive phrasing throughout the book will have children following along in the question of what the bear will wear.This story would be a good book to share with a group of preschoolers.

The book uses rhymes throughout the bears day to describe what he decided to wear. fo...more
Athisaya Divya
One of the first books my daughter loves to be read everyday. we have borrowed this from the library several time since. this book was the best in the series. The pictures are great and my daughter could associate herself with the activities of Jesse bear.
Katie Fitzgerald
Bruce Degen's illustrations are warm and homey, and the bear family's facial expressions - especially Dad's when he comes home from work with his arms outstretched for a hug, and a few pages later, when he and Jesse Bear joke at bedtime - add so much to the story that the text doesn't deliver. The coziness of a day at home with Mom will certainly resonate with kids who have a parent home during the day to care for them, and Jesse's daily routine no doubt resembles that of many toddlers and presc...more
Violet Lewis
This is a great book to read with young children that can teach them many things. You can tie this book into nutrition, independence, and most importantly rhyming. This book can also be used relating to weather. The illustrations in the book are bright and self explanitory. It is a book that children can relate to.

Learning activity:

We will discuss all the things Jesse bear wears throughout the day. In small groups we will make a weather spin wheel, sunny, rainy, cold, windy etc. I will also have...more
Linda
Jesse Bear is getting ready for the day. He puts on his red shirt. But he wears the sun. Papa Bear somes hone from his job dressed in a fine suit. He asks Jesse what he will wear to bed at night. Jesse answers his pajamas, but he wears sleep in his eyes, stars in the skies, moon on his bed and dreams in his head.

This is a sweet little book that would be well suited for bedtime. The idea of wearing sun and stars and dreams in you head is really something that would make a child think about as the...more
Nadya
Review: This book has a lot of rhyming words that go along with the story. Some of the stuff like “I’ll wear carrots and peas” are unrealistic. Jessie Bear, What will you wear is an easy read for children. This is a great book to teach children what they will wear in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night. The illustrations really tell the story and the colors are bright.


Learning Experience: This book talks about different outfits to wear for a certain time of the day. We will talk about w...more
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Nancy White Carlstrom has written more than 50 books for children, including the Jesse Bear series with illustrator Bruce Degan.

Born the daughter of steel mill worker William J. and Eva (Lawrence) White, Nancy White Carlstrom was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, on August 4, 1948. She practiced writing poetry, enjoyed reading books like Little Women, and wanted to become a children’s book author...more
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