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Bear's New Friend (Bear)

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It's summertime - and very hot - so Bear heads out to the swimming hole in the woods to meet his friends. Someone is making a clatter in the tree, but it isn't Mouse, or Hare, or Badger. Who could it be?
Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 7th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Children's (first published January 1st 2006)
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bear is out one summer day and hears a sound. He is sure that it is one of his friends, but slowly sees each one emerge, but the sounds continue. When Bear calls out to see who might be lurking in the trees or down a hole, he learns this mystery person is shy and somewhat bashful. When finally the animal makes an appearance, Bear and his friends welcome their new companion to join them down by the water. Neo likes to make friends and can only hope that he will be as nice when a new friend crosse ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is something quite wonderful about Karma Wilson's "Bear" books. I never tire of reading them and I always look forward to the new ones. In fact, I remember when this book was first added to our library collection. Another children's librarian and I nearly arm-wrestled to determine who would read it first for Story Time.

Karma Wilson's "Bear" books, besides being entertaining reading, would make an excellent study on how to write a children's book in verse. Her rhymes are not forced and her
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-s, childrens
We love Bear books. The illustrations are just delightful!
Chance Lee
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-it
Another good Bear book with the same great descriptions as "Bear Snores On." To me, these books are basically interchangeable, but each one makes use of a different color scheme.
A Allen
Nov 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Most of this book is just the bear and his friends trying to figure out who is in the hole. It doesn't actually introduce a new character in my opinion. They don't talk about the owl's interests or home or food or anything you might expect when making a new friend; it's just "hi, want to join us in the activity we already planned?" Also, why is the owl in a hole in the ground? Why is it up during the day? I actually looked up owls because this part didn't make sense to me and I'm guessing it is ...more
Bear hears a noise up in a tree and wonders who's making it. He guesses all sorts of animal friends, but as soon as he guesses them--they show up! Eventually, they all meet the new animal (an owl) and go for a swim.

Good for toddler or preschool storytimes.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful, adorable, and fun to read as always. Have you ever seen a bashful (view spoiler)??? Also moles are cute.
Kest Schwartzman
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really a three star "this is totally fine" picture book, but I'm giving it a whole extra star for the wren's teeny little striped tail.
Thomas and Sarah Gonzalez
Thomas (4y/o) "this book makes you have new friends"
Sarah (3y/o) "the pool makes me happy"
Melissa Namba
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnamba
a cute story about friendly animals being curious about a new neighbor. my brother's kids will love it.
Kayla Spires
Wilson uses bright colors and simple illustrations of animals in the springtime to contribute to a welcoming and cheerful mood. This would help children feel comfortable with the story of finding friends and opening up to others, making it a good book for a classroom to encourage friendship in a good setting.
Miss Sarah
bear and friends hear a noise and see something scurry but can't get the animal to come out and say hi. Toddler and up.
Gabrielle DeLucia
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Eager to play on one hot summer day, Bear heads out to find his friend, Mouse, but is startled by a very loud noise that he hears in a tree. Determined to find out who is making all the noise, Bear goes on a short journey picking up all of his friends on the way. As they make their way through the woods, Bear discovers a quite, and shy owl whom he declares their new friend! They invite owl to come swim with all of them, and have fun in the hot summer sun all together. The illustrations used in t ...more
Alyssa Scherr
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 15-picture-books
Bear is the main character in the book who is wanting to find all of his friends in the forest. As he adventures and finds his friends there is still one animal who won't come up from under the ground. The bear is friendly and asks the animal to not be shy and sure enough the animal emerges and it's an owl. After the owl has seen how friendly Bear and all of his friends are they all play together at the swimming hole.

This major theme in this book is friendship. Bear wants to be friends with eve
Michelle McBeth
SUMMARY: Bear hears a new sound in the forest. At first he thinks it is one of his friends, but one by one his friends show up. They all wait in anticipation for this new friend to show himself. When he does, they all go swimming to have fun.

ILLUSTRATIONS: As with all of the Bear stories, this pictures are lush, colorful, cozy, friendly and fun.

THE GOOD: It is wonderful the way Bear and his friends circle around this newcomer and make him feel at home, especially since he is shy. There is a feel
Joey Zadina
Bear's New Friend is a colorful book full of animals who all live in a forest and are all friends. It is a feel good children's book with a wide variety of characters that come in the form of many different kinds of animals which can provide the opportunity for great talks with young children about the different and perhaps new (to them) types of animals in the book. The reason for carrying this book in a kindergarten classroom for a read aloud is because it is a great book to use to talk to the ...more
Shauna Masura
Someone is hiding in the forest, but everyone that Bear knows is already accounted for. See how Bear and the bunch find their surprise guest, who just happens to be a little shy. Bear's New Friend is a tender story of natural curiosity and the importance of welcoming new friends that can become an importat teachable moment for young children. Simple rhymes with repetitive phrasing- "And the bear asks, "Who?"- means that kids can participate in reading with anticipation. Acrylic paint illustratio ...more
Alyson Rizk
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-emotional
I love reading Bear's New Friend. Not only is it colorful and have rhyming words, but the children can guess what animal Bear's New Friend will be. This book also mentions how the owl is shy so some children can relate. Best of all, at the end of the book the new friend gets invited to go swimming with everyone. I think this would be a great book to read at the beginning of the year.

LE- For this book, I think I would have the children draw p0ictures about a new friend they have met. I would have
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3-6 year olds
Bear hears a new sound in the forest. At first he thinks it is one of his friends, but one by one his friends show up. So when someone new comes along in the forest, a mystery of sorts unfolds in finding out WHO it is. They all wait in anticipation for this new friend to show himself. When he does, they all go swimming to have fun.

I love Karma Wilson's Bear books. I love the cadence and the rhymes. I love the pictures and the critters. I love the way they make me feel - among friends. I had the
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A popular thing to write in our 8th grade autograph books 50 (yikes!) years ago was, "Make new friends and keep the old. One is silver, the other gold." In this rhyming book about friendship, that's just what Bear does. "In the woods, in the sun, on a hot summer day, Bear feels an itching to head out and play." He sets out to find his friends and go swimming, but every time he finds a friend, he hears a noise. "And the bear asks, 'Who?'" becomes the refrain as Bear and his friends try to find ou ...more
In yet another installment of Wilson's Bear books, Bear makes a new friend. Bear is walking along one day, wondering where his friends are, when he hears a strange sound. He asks "who" trying to find out who's making the sound. Thinking it's one of his friends he calls out the names of each friend. Bear is confounded when each friend shows up and it's not them making the strange sounds. Eventually the group discovers the origin of the sounds as a burrow in the ground. Whoever is in the burrow is ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: felix
I know it's the same illustrator throughout the Bear series, but I think these illustrations are my favorite, mainly because Chapman has beautiful flowers on most every page. I love the style on display. Unfortunately, I also found this to be one of the clunkier stories in the Bear series.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Synopsis: "How Bear and his forest friends discover a NEW FRIEND will enchant young readers. Karma Wilson's playful text and Jane Chapman's radiant illustrations make Bear's New Friend a perfect summertime read-aloud companion to the bestselling Bear Snores On."

My Review: Munchkin really didn't have the patience for this book. He did enjoy the illustrations but really only wanted to see Hare. I found the foreshadowing of Bear asking Who to be a little funny, but found it odd who the mysterious n
Samantha Gacke
Bear and his friends try to figure out who is being shy and hiding in the forest.

Throughout the book, the font type is consistent, but the change in size really helps to emphasis emotion. When the bear gets really frustrated or confused, the text becomes larger and/or the letters are all capitalized. When the little owl is being shy, the size is smaller. The change is size can help a reader sense the emotions and it can also help for the reader to understand how their voice should altar when rea
Author: Karma Wilson
Illustrator: Jane Chapman
Title: Bear's New Friend

Plot: Bear and all his forest friends are meeting a new friend.

Setting: The forest

Characters: Bear, the forest animals

POV: 3rd

Theme: New friends

Style: Picture Book, Children's

Copyright: 2006

Notes: I was excited to read this book as the Bear stories were a big favorite of my daughter. However, this book did not live up to my memories. It's still a good book, just not as good as the previous Bear books.
Jun 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2010, rhyming
Another fun book in Karma Wilson's Bear series. Although this one was not our favorite, it is still a fun book to read aloud. Karma Wilson's rhyming narrative and Jane Chapman's classic illustrations combine for fantastic children's books.
This colorful book tells of how Bear would like to go swimming with his friends but first he has to find them. As Bear looks for his friends he finds room for a new friend to play with.

This book is written for younger children. In this book the author uses question words throughout the book. Who, what, where and why are used to find out where his friends are and why they are hiding from him. The answers that he receives bring him to who his new friend is. Children love to ask questions so this b
Penelope West
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All children, and those who love them.
Another delightful story about Bear. He and his friends go to play in the woods, and discover a new friend who is rather shy. They work hard to find the new friend, who finally shows himself. Owl is very happy to find a new batch of friends, and realizes that making new friends is not such a hard thing to do after all. My youngest granddaughter loves this series and delights in reading the stories over and over.
Julia Jasztal
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Mommy's review from 3/19/11)

Julia and I read this and Bear Snores On yesterday afternoon and loved them both. So far we've loved each of Wilson's Bear books and I'm going to look to see if there are any we've missed immediately. I'm also going to check to see if there are other books by the author because if we love these this much I'm confident we'll like any others she's written.
These are perfect books for kids IMO!
Ashley Stone
Bear hears a noise one day and is curious to see who or what caused it. He meets up with several of his forest friends and they can’t figure out if it’s something/someone they know already. When they figure out that it’s a new owl they instantly befriend him and head off to play. I liked this book for the simple fact that they were so welcoming to their new friend at the end of the book. I think this sets a good example of teamwork and how to treat someone you don’t really know.
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Karma Wilson grew up an only child of a single mother in the wilds of North Idaho. Way back then (just past the stone age and somewhat before the era of computers) there was no cable TV and if there had been Karma could not have recieved it. TV reception was limited to 3 channels, of which one came in with some clarity. Karma did the only sensible thing a lonely little girl could do…she read or pl ...more
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