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Bear Party

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Paperback, 48 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Puffin Books (first published 1951)
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Rachel
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
Lorna
Caldecott Honor 1952

Favorite line:
The music for dancing was lovely. There was an according that went
SQUEAK, SQUNK,
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
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Ed
Feb 03, 2012 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Aschafe2
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
Emily
I have fond memories of reading this book in elementary school.
Paul
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.)
Rachel
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.
Amanda
Adorable illustrations. The wise old bear throws a costume party to make all the bears like each other again.
Kari
This was a favorite of mine when I was a child...it was wonderful to read it 25 years later to my girls.
Jim
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Mckinley
Love all the costumed bears.
Maybe why I loved Koalas when I was little?
Lenny Husen
this is my favorite children's book of all times! Awesome story and pictures.
Brindi
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