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

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Now, the very youngest of readers can join in the fun with this Classic Board Book edition of Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? In joyful verse and vibrant illustrations, Nancy White Carlstrom and Bruce Degen's lovable Jesse Bear shares his special day with young children everywhere!
Board Book, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Little Simon (first published 1986)
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Erin Hendrian
This was one of my favorite books when I was little, and now I enjoy reading it to Beatrice. :)
Mar 10, 2016 Crissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This story tells about Jesses, the little bear in the early beautiful morning. Someone asking him for what will he wear in this morning. He will wear a red shirt, he will wear his pants for dance. He enjoys doing like wearing a rose between his toes, the sun on his legs, the sand on his arm and his hand in the morning. The little bear stuck in his chair at noon. At noon, he will wear carrots and pears, and a little more of celery crunch, an apple to bite, a moustache of white, juice from a pear
Lesley Dahlseng
Jul 29, 2014 Lesley Dahlseng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Title: Jesse Bear What Will You Wear?
Author: Nancy White Carlstrom
Illustrator: Bruce Degen
Genre: Predictable Book
Theme(s): Decision-making, growing up, support
Opening line/sentence: Jesse Bear, what will you wear?
Brief Book Summary: The book is about Jesse Bear being asked what he will wear. His mother and father ask him what he will be wearing throughout different times of the day like, morning, noon, and nighttime. He decides to wear whatever he is doing at that moment. For example, when he ta
Romanus Elangwe
Feb 01, 2014 Romanus Elangwe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime
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
Mary A
I heard about Jesse Bear from Before Five in a Row: A Treasury of Creative Ideas to Inspire Learning Readiness and am so glad I ordered it! On first read I knew this would be a forever favorite. I love the idyllic, simple nature of Jesse's childhood: playing outside in the sandbox, eating lunch, taking a bath, going to bed, with a few toys in the background. Reminds us a lot of our sweet days around here. My son especially loves when Father Bear comes home from work and gives Jesse a hug; that i ...more
Ward :)
Looking at the cover with two cartoon bears, one would think this is a Bernstein bears sequel or part of its series. However, the illustrations vary differently if one were to focus. The picture drawings mostly consist of house related backgrounds since most of the story revolves around a little bear and his life. The author uses poetic verses to describe what the bear will choose to wear during the time of day like morning, evening and night. Filed with colorful details in the illustrations and ...more
"Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?" by Nancy White Carlstrom is a great book for students ages 2 to 6. There are many lessons for toddlers to learn from this story. The rhyme is upbeat and fun as well as great for young children's brain development. It teaches the basic lessons in time: morning, noon, and night. The lessons that this book teaches can be supported by the illustrations.
The artist did a wonderful job at capturing the beauty of the most basic moments. Nancy White Carlstrom gives us a
May 29, 2009 Marci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joey and I loved this book. It was fun to read and Joey LOL'd repeatedly.
Tishandra Mayfield
Feb 18, 2014 Tishandra Mayfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 08, 2015 Jasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhyming
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear is a fun rhyming book for kids. Not only does this book teach children about rhyming but also sequencing throughout the day , morning, afternoon, and evening. This books also teaches children that rhyming can be fun and used through their daily routine. Children can relate to Jesse bear on social and emotional level because he is very independent and he has a very close relationship with his parent's. I love the rhyming words in this book and the pictures are great ...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.
Dec 29, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2013 shay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jesse-bear
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
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
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.
Apr 24, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pattern-books
I remember reading this book when I was in elementary school. The illustrations are beautiful and fun for any child to enjoy. The repetitive "Jesse Bear what will you wear?" is a great effect to keep to keep the student on track. All of the items that we do not normally think of wearing give so much more depth to the book than the single outfit the bear puts on in the morning. The fact that the verses rhyme is also great for young readers. I would read this book aloud to a kindergarten of maybe ...more
Shannon Brown
Feb 24, 2015 Shannon Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: daily-routine
This book is great to read to children 3 to 5 years of age if you would like to teach sequence, routine. It tells what Jesse Bear does that morning to noon to night. Also this book shows that Jesse Bear choose his own clothes and knows exactly what to do, even at night. He knows that his clothes been with him outdoor playing so he could not wear the same clothes to bed at night. By brining up that point, I think this book also teaches a child cleanliness.
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.
Feb 21, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-body
This charming book can be used to teach children about parts of the body. I would also use it teach children about dressing themselves and specific times of the day along with activities during the day. The art is well done. Children and caregivers can engage in discussing the pictures to add to vocabulary (i.e., bubbles, boat, swing, eat, sleep, and blanket) to name a few words. I enjoyed the author's use of rhyming words.
Josiah Smith
Feb 24, 2015 Josiah Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-body
The book Jesse Bear, what will you wear is a great way to discuss the parts of the body. It gives instruction on good dressing habits as well as manners. The illustrations are nicely done and flows well with the word as well as the usage of rhyming words. Parents, guardians, caregivers, and children can sit together and immerse themselves in the books usage of words and pictures. All domains of learning are covered in this story
Jan 17, 2014 Deja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weather
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
Layla & Rachel
Apr 16, 2013 Layla & Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
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
Rosa Cline
Jan 28, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, bedtime
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
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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
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