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Bear Party

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  100 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Paperback, 48 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Puffin Books (first published 1951)
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Cassandra Gelvin
Nov 24, 2016 Cassandra Gelvin rated it liked it
All koala bears look alike. (“That's racist!”)

What. This is a weird book. It feels like it should have a moral, but it absolutely does not. There's no way I can get a moral out of this, but it feels like it's moralizing about something. Maybe it's just a moral I can't see.

There's a bunch of koala bears and for some unknown reason they get mad at each other and stop looking at each other. The wise bear says, "We're going to have a party! It's going to be a masquerade party!" Which of course gives
This was an odd book. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have picked this up if it weren’t for the fact that it was a 1952 Caldecott Honor winner. The Koalas cannot get along. So the eldest wisest Koala decided that they should have a costumed ball, so they can be together in the same room without being angry. I liked that they all had head-to-toe costumes complete with headwear, outfits and shoes. They also had a band so they everyone could dance. Unfortunately it didn’t really work the first time when ...more
Jan 22, 2009 Ed rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: THE WORLD
Shelves: nerdcott-2012
This is definitely one of my all-time favorite Caldecott Honor books, and one that I am still amazed didn't win the Medal for it's year (lost out to Finders Keepers). The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and incredibly adorable without being too "cutesy". The costumes that the bears wear to their party are all fabulous, and the story is wonderful as well. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, and even though I have read it many times before, I had a great time reading it again f ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Lorna rated it liked it
Caldecott Honor 1952

Favorite line:
The music for dancing was lovely. There was an according that went
a triangle that went TING, TING
a guitar that went PLINK, PLUNK
and a big horn that went, POOMPF,
POOMPF. It was a wonderful party.

Favorite illustration: When the bears are all in their costumes dancing in a big circle.

Kid-appeal: I liked that this was part of the growing trend to have a better balance of text to illustrations, thus making it not as long. I liked the soft-focus illust
This is a great fantasy story about the Koala Park where real teddy bears live in trees. The bears were the happiest that anyone could see. Then one day one thing led to another and the bears stopped talking or looking at each other. Then at the top of the trees the wise old bear said something must be done. So they dressed up in costumes, and had a party. Having so much fun at the party they forgot who was who. They took off the mask and could not tell each other apart, the bears put clues on t ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
The stand-out quality of this book is the charm of the illustrations. Although the koalas fighting among themselves seems a bit contrived, the use of the costumes at a party to mitigate their conflict and then to identify themselves keep the book from being a simplistic morality tale. (This is my last of the 313 Caldecott medalists and honorees.)
May 25, 2011 Mckinley rated it it was amazing
Love all the costumed bears.
Maybe why I loved Koalas when I was little?
Jan 15, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
I have fond memories of reading this book in elementary school.
Lise Petrauskas
Illustrations to drool over...
Laura Hoyler
Jun 30, 2016 Laura Hoyler rated it it was ok
Shelves: caldecott-awards
The pictures were cute, but the message was a little off. No one got along until they wore disguses? I know in the very end they do, but not the message I want my students to get.
Mar 22, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Bear Party will blow your mind. You will never go to another party like Bear Party. Warning: May frighten children who are gender-confused or impressionable.
May 12, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing
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Brindi Michele
Jul 10, 2013 Brindi Michele rated it really liked it
1952 Caldecott honor
Very cute story and illustrations.
Katie Fitzgerald
Jan 06, 2013 Katie Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
Read for #nerdcott. Reviewed in Caldecott Challenge Post #75:
Mar 09, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Adorable illustrations. The wise old bear throws a costume party to make all the bears like each other again.
Dec 02, 2009 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This was a favorite of mine when I was a was wonderful to read it 25 years later to my girls.
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