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Oliver Finds His Way

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  61 reviews
A small bear looks for—and finds—courage and a way home.

While Mama hangs the wash out
and Papa rakes the leaves,
Oliver chases a big yellow leaf . . .

Oliver is so intent on following a blowing autumn leaf that he doesn’t even notice that he’s lost his way. All alone at the edge of the woods, he starts to cry. He cries and cries - but he is still lost. And so he rubs his nos
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 26th 2002 by Candlewick
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This is a simple story about a little bear who gets lost while chasing a leaf. My high rating is mostly for Christopher Denise's sumptuous illustrations.



He captures the fall landscape splendidly, plus there's just something so endearing about a small bear in overalls and a plaid coat.

Ruth Ann
Very sweet story, with adorable illustrations, about a bear cub who becomes lost while following a yellow leaf. He solves his own dilemma!
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime3-5
Great for my bear storytime! It's relatable, as most kids have an experience of accidentally wandering off and getting scared. Also a great opportunity to get the kids to roar with Oliver.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another book that has illustrations stronger than the story. Christopher Denise does a great job of making the woods just a little bit darker, just a tiny bit scary. I think even sensitive tots will like this.

The main theme, though, is to not panic when you're lost. If your talent is having a very loud roar, don't be too scared to use it! I sort of wish Oliver had done something clever, but he really is too little. And I think the audience for this is little, too.

I just wish the momma bear wasn
Juliana Lee
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story. Lovely illustrations. Little Bear follows a yellow leaf and gets lost. He remembers which way he came but he can't find his landmarks. Crying doesn't help so he roars and roars and listens for Mama and Papa to roar back. Little Bear follows the roars back home, past all his familiar landmarks.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Lovely story set in autumn.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
With his parents busy working on household chores, Oliver ventures out into the woods alone. Oliver travels down the hill, around a clumpy bush, and under a twisty tree and eventually becomes lost. How will Oliver find his way home?

The story is one in which young children can relate to and parents can use Oliver's story to teach them the importance of not wandering off. Additionally, the book uses a lot of repetition and can be used to teach prepositions. Denise's illustrations are warm and dark
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This one was a storytime hit! The kids loved it (maybe because they got to use their best 'ROAR') and the parents thought it was great. Afterwards, I overheard some parents explaining to their children what to do if they ever get lost, so this lead to some 'teaching moments' as well!
T Crockett
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Charming illustrations. Great for children just learning to read since there is a lot of repetition. I would have liked it to be a bit longer. The resolution felt incomplete. My 5 yr old audience enjoyed it, but I think much younger children would like it too.
R. C.
Feb 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Beautiful illustrations should be on a wall, not in this book.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Little Oliver is playing outside while Mama and Papa bear work at Fall tasks. Oliver is distracted by a blowing yellow leaf and gives chase into the forest. Deeper and deeper he runs until he realizes that he is lost. Alone and afraid little Oliver begins to cry, but then he realizes that he needs get it together. What can he do to find his way back home? He roars and roars again until he hears an answering roar in the distance. Following the roars of his parents, Oliver is able to find his way ...more
Emma Hendrix
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dr-smith
Oliver is a curious young bear. One day he is outside with his parents, chasing a leaf that happened to be blowing in the wind. he chases in through the forest, around the trees, and under the bushes. Soon he loses the leaf. He looks up and his family is gone as well. Scared and alone, Oliver tries to think of a way to get back home. He "RoARs" as loud as he can. Over and over again he roars at the top of his lungs until he hears his parents roar back. He follows the sounds and is reunited with ...more
Jaelyn Carr
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Rating - 5/5
Copyright - 2002
Themes - family, being alone, finding your way home, curiosity
I thought this was such a cute book. It is a great way to teach children to never wander off from their guardians, because they can easily become lost. This book could be read as an introduction to a lesson about home addresses, street names, and so on. My favorite part of the book was the message behind it. So many kids just wander off, because they were never taught not to. It is extremely important to st
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Oliver bear wanders away from his house chasing a leaf. Soon he is lost in the forest. Crying doesn't fix things, so he thinks. He decides to roar. When his parents roar back, he follows the sound to them.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very sweet, and good for showing children to control their emotions and be resourceful.
Catherine Austen
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super-cute bear, beautiful illustrations, lovely simple text with a good story for the very young. Who can't relate to this little dude? A lovely picture book.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good story and pictures.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Boring for 5yo, probably great for younger kids.
Syntha Green
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Oliver wanders a bit too far. How will he get home?
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Would make a great fall storytime book
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: autumn and lost requests
Recommended to June by: Edward Sullivan
A little bear is so involved chasing a leaf that he loses his way. After crying, he has a good think and comes up with a way to find his way back.

Nice simple story with pretty autumn pictures.
Kathleen Vincenz
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lovely illustrations
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This charming story has just enough suspense to make it work for story time. Little Oliver bear chases a yellow leaf DOWN the hill, AROUND a bush, and UNDER a tree and before he knows it he's lost in the woods. He cries and then he thinks and then he roars. (At this point the children need to roar with Oliver). The first roar is not loud enough and neither is the second. Finally the third roar receives a roar reply from his mother and father. Oliver follows the sound of their roars back UNDER th ...more
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Oliver is playing outside while his Mama hangs the laundry and his Papa rakes leaves. He chases a big yellow leaf as it floats in the breeze. He follows the leaf around a bush, under a tree, and into the woods. When he looks up, his house and parents are gone. He gets frightened so he runs but can't seem to find his way out of the forest. After thinking a while, he roars at the top of his lungs! When he hears his parents roaring in return he runs towards their voices and back into their arms.

Lauren Brink
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
This story is about a young bear Oliver who is playing in his lawn while his mother is hanging the clothes on the line and his father is raking the leaves. Oliver chases a yellow leaf around his lawn, down the hill, behind a bush, and around a tree. Oliver finds himself lost in the woods. He calls his Mama and Papa and they roar back at him and he finally is able to find his way home! I thought this was a cute story for the fall time. It is very relatable for kids because sometimes they get lost ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: srp-2015
Read for a fall themed story time, this is a charming tale of a young bear who gets lost following a yellow leaf blowing in the wind. Simple text and lovely illustrations show him following the leaf down the hill - with Mama, Papa and his home falling into the distance. Emotion shines from the pictures - Oliver's wonder and focus on the leaf as he chases it in the fall air and then his awakening to the fact that he is lost...and scared. Finally, after he "thinks and thinks and thinks" the findin ...more
Danica Midlil
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations are wonderful. The family of rotund bears are pleasingly fat in this autumn story. Little Oliver moves just how a stout pudgy toddler would as he galumphs around the forest after his leaf. I'm so impressed with how this is all conveyed in the illustrations. Each picture has so much anticipated movement that it feels more like watching a movie than reading a book. There is no doubt that he is about two years old. The illustrator must have a toddler at home to study!
May 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This has to be the cutsest book I have ever read before.It is about a little bear who romes off in the woods following a big yellow leaf.So later on he finds out he gets lost.He cries and cries and cries.Then his mother hears him crying and she call for him. Oliver starts running, next thing you know hes back home.
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book since the first time I heard Phyllis Root read it outloud at Hamline University. It was such a thrill to read it with my daughter a few years later. Phyllis so understands and delightfully brings to life the worldview of a toddler who has lost his way just a short distance from his yard-- but as the title says, "Oliver Finds His Way." Thank you, Phyllis.
Guadalupe Ramirez
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-easy-read
This is a cute book to read to a Pre-K or Kindergarten class. It is an easy read for children in first grade too because it starts with half a sentence on one page followed by the rest of the sentence in the second page. The book talks about Oliver getting lost and what he did to find his way back to his parents. So it will also be appropriate for a lesson on getting lost.
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