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Bear in Love

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  501 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Could the bear have a secret friend? Who is leaving him surprises? The ever-lovable Daniel Pinkwater spins a funny and sweetly offbeat story.

One morning, the bear finds something just outside his cave. It is orange and long and pointy and has bushy green leaves at one end. And it’s sweet and crunchy! Where did it come from? Did someone leave it for him? Then there are two
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Candlewick Press
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Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Bear wakes up one morning, he finds a delicious new treat waiting for him. One carrot turns to two the following morning and soon Bear is feasting on an entire bunch. To return the favour, Bear finds and leaves out a honeycomb and eventually a bar of chocolate. One night, he hears a sound, only to find a special friend waiting to meet him. Neo mentioned that he prefers the chocolate to carrots, but would eat whatever a friend left him, even the Tooth Fairy.
Lisa Vegan
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young preschool aged kids who enjoy gentle stories
The illustrations are adorable.

The story is likely to appeal to the youngest children, up through age 4, maybe 5 or 6. It’s a sweet, albeit a bit weird, friendship story, and a story about sharing and giving. The various foods all look appealing, and some of them are healthy: carrots, honey, blueberries, raisin cookie, chocolate candy bar, and all but the honey are vegan or could be vegan. There is a non-edible daisy flower too. Funnily enough, while the angry bees didn’t keep the bear from taki
Robyn Jones
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, childrens
Bear wakes up to find a carrot sitting on a rock right outside his cave. What a wonderful treat. The next day, two carrots greet him. Each day follows the trend, inspiring Bear to sing little tunes as he strolls through the forest. My son loves this book. I love the illustrations. And if I read the story in a soothing, Kindergarten teacher voice, it's fun for both of us. I like the message, the gift giver is a rabbit with the sweetest voice...uh, okay, I do a sweet voice when I say rabbit's line ...more
Vera Godley
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
When you first pick up Bear in Love you will fall totally in love with these delightful, loveable, gentle illustrations of bear as he ambles along through his day. Illustrator Will Hillenbrand has portrayed bear as a gentle giant and loveable critter for the young child to whom you will be reading this book.

Most children have a stuffed teddy bear that they already love. So it is somewhat an understatement that they love bears already. Well, here is another that they will love. There are teddy be
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I'm not sure what he intended, but this comes off as more of an homage to Winnie-the-Pooh, than a Pinkwater original.

We follow a bear, who finds treats left by a mysterious creature and then sings little ditties about his discoveries. At some point he decides to return the favors and attempt to unveil the unseen, but generous "friend". It gets a little confusing for the reader (depsite Pinkwater's parenthetical note)when the two finally do converse, but it shortly becomes a typical perpetual fr
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: bears
I'm a little torn here. I was really taken by Bear--he sure is a Pinkwater creation, but some aspects marginally marred my love. Sure, this reminds me of Winnie the Pooh, but only slightly. And it's a touch clunky, especially the songs, yet it seems to fit with Bear's quirky personality. I do believe the story went on a little too long. I laughed out loud over the misperceptions with Bear and bunny, something great to point out with reading aloud. Though the length and clunkiness were a little o ...more
David Schaafsma
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I like Daniel Pinkwater so much. Quirky. This one is sweeter than quirky, but still sup rising as we see who the secret food sharer is… I just read this to the kids and they liked it but hated the songs, found them comically bad. And while I was making up music on the fly, I kind of had the feeling that he was doing this on purpose to parent readers, not making cute little rhymes (because NONE of them are cute little rhymes), and not really song like things at all. But see? This is the kind of b ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The illustrations really won me over. I loved them! So sweet and expressive. I wanted to give Bear a big hug.

The story is also sweet, though perhaps not destined to be one of my favorite "friendship stories."
Tara Gill
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
Great illustrations, great story. Simple friendship is the theme.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book originally published on The Children's Book and Media Review
It has been raining for days and Elmer, the patchwork elephant, is tired of being stuck inside a cave with the rest of his herd. Many animals suggest to him that he should come inside their caves because of the rain, but Elmer still wants to go for a walk. The jungle is partly flooded, but the crocodiles are excited to swim in new places and the ducks are enjoying the weather. Elmer learns that Young Elephant is missing, so he
Tiffany Shafapay
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This fun children's tale follows and eager bear who wakes up to wander the forest being filled with yummy surprises. As the bear continues to hunt for the surprises he sings and hums to himself sweetly and repeatedly which is a great read aloud exercise for young kids. The bear then runs into somebody taking his extra surprises from the day when he falls asleep. A mystery then unfolds as the culprit leaves another gift in exchange for what the bear had. AS confused as the bear is, he does enjoy ...more
Becky B
Bear keeps finding someone has left him nice, crunchy, delicious orange things outside his cave. He decides to return the favor. Gifts swap back and forth as bear grows more curious about the identity of his secret friend.

The illustrations in this are so sweet. If you're doing a Secret Santa with kids, this might help introduce the concept to them. It's also just a sweet story of friendship started over a gift exchange.
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet book on friendship with absolutely lovely illustrations. I like pulling it out for Valentine's programs to talk with the kids about doing something nice for those we like (not just those we Love). It's a fun read-aloud, too, with Bear's ponderings and his funny little songs, though with the longer length, it's better for my older storytime crowd. Still, it's one they enjoy too, watching Bear figure out who his gift-giver is and how to respond.
This bear reminds me a bit of Pooh, wandering, wondering, and singing hums to himself. A mysterious stranger leaves gifts of carrots for bear and he begins exchanging gifts hoping to figure out the mystery.

I'm partial to any bear and rabbit story- that and the cute illustrations probably earned it a fifth star.
Jun 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: picture-books
Bear finds a present outside his cave. It is orange, long and pointy, and sweet and crunchy. As he eats it, he wonders where it came from. The next day, two more of the same gift appears. He knows that someone who cares about him is leaving him the treats. But who? Bear wants to be able to leave a present for his secret admirer, too. He follows clues and eventually meets his special someone.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Someone is leaving bear some delicious treats. He wants to know who it is but keeps falling asleep at night when the goodies are left. The illustrations make this book soft and sweet and bear so lovable.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An endearing and delightful tale of a bear who experiences an unexpected kindness which leads to practicing sharing and generosity yet still wondering who has been the giver of so many good things until finally they meet.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is fine. It has a sweet message without leaning on weird animal romance too much. The little songs/poems throughout are not my style.
Faith Tydings
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
So sweet!
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charming. Great early read aloud.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very sweet story about secret admirers and unexpected love. No, Bear is not in love with a carrot like the cover implies. I mean, he kind of is, but that's besides the point.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed the illustration but the story itself didn’t serve a purpose and it wasn’t very entertaining. Also, the songs the best sang were awful. Not a book I’d suggest.
Sonja H
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
cute book about bear discovering carrots outside his cave and sharing other items with a secret friend that he meets at the end.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: carolyn
Cute story. Love the illustrations.
Liz Todd
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, sharing
I though this was more of a book about friendship than being in love... just a little misleading. Cute, though.
Laura Hodgins
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Cute story about mystery gifts, who could be leaving them?
Samantha Duncan
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
1. The genre for this book is: fantasy.

2. "Bear in Love" is a picture book that illustrates a sweet bear who receives 'gifts' outside of his cave one morning and then again the next morning. He begins to wonder who the special someone is who is giving him the 'gifts'. He begins to leave 'gifts' for his new friend and towards the end he meets his friend and finds that it's a bunny.

3. A)The main concept in this book is it's illustrations.
B) The best part of this book was the illustrations. What
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely story of how Bear and Bunny became friends. One morning Bear found a carrot just outside his cave, and happy with the new flavor he started singing. The next morning he found two other carrots and so for; then he started leaving his own favorite foods for his mysterious good friend. When they finally meet face to face, Bear and Bunny thank each other for the gifts and become friends. The illustrations are made in mixed media. The colour palette is mostly in light blues, greens a ...more
Jennifer Heise
A sweet little book about a Bear who finds an offering of carrots outside his den, and begins to think about and joyfully anticipate exchanges with the new friend he is making sight unseen through things they leave for each other. Finally, he meets Rabbit, his exchange pal, and they talk long long into the night and enjoy each other's company.

That's all, that's all there is to the story.

The illustrations are adorable, the plot charming. The Bear's 'singing to himself' is a bit of a stumbling b
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Pinkwater and Hillenbrand have teamed up to create an endearing story about an adorable bear and his secret friend. One morning, bear discovers a long orange treat outside his cave. Bear sings "Very good indeed."

The next day there are two more and Bear wonders who is leaving these sweet, crunchy gifts. The third morning: "'Crunchy things! Three of them! I will eat two now and save one for later.' But he ate them all."

Bear is delightfully intrigued and determined to find out who is the someone n
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more

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