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Baby Bear

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  546 ratings  ·  168 reviews
From Kadir Nelson, winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, comes a transcendent picture book in the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown about a lost little bear searching for home.

This simple story works on so many levels: as the tale of a bear who finds his way home with the help of his animal friends; as a reassuring way to sh
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
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Kadir Nelson's artwork is always stunning, though I think his artwork with people is slightly stronger. I love the glowing blue/yellow combos in the night scenes here. Story-wise, I was a little less sure what was happening. (view spoiler)

"When I am
I got excited when I saw a new title by Mr Nelson, but I feel let down. The paintings were beautiful but lacked a bit of the soul found in his depiction of people. Baby Bear gets lost and asks forest and mountain animals for advice on getting home. Some advice is more practical or useful than others but the message was certainly of the "follow your heart" variety. Not my fav.
Nelson returns with a picture book about a lost baby bear that showcases his luminous art work. Baby Bear is lost and can’t find his way back home. So he asks different animals about how to find his home again. Mountain Lion suggests that he figure out how he got here. Frog is rather busy, but tells Baby Bear not to be frightened. The Squirrels suggest that he hug a tree. Moose tells Baby Bear to listen to his heart. Owl reassures him and Ram encourages him to climb high and keep walking. Finall ...more
Such a peaceful, sweet story about Baby Bear trying to find his way home. I love when Moose catches him hugging a tree. Gorgeous illustrations.
Denis Vukosav
“Baby Bear” by Kadir Nelson is a new children book from the author and illustrator that with each new work again inspires young and young at heart readers.

This time in his simply story of young bear who is trying to find his way back home while being helped by his animal friends, the author sends a beautiful message to children about self-esteem, about believing in yourself and in your heart that will surely lead you to the right path and goal of your journey.

It’s especially important to emphasi
The minute I see the name "Kadir Nelson" I have to buy the book. I love his artwork and his books are inevitably wonderful. This one is no different. The story follows a young bear who is lost as he seeks to find his way home. He receives advice from the other animals he meets along the way, each seeking to help him in their own way. From the cougar who tells him to "remember how you got here" to the ram who tells him to sing a song, Baby Bear searches for the way home. A beautiful look at the j ...more
Beautiful pictures!
Wish they accompanied a story instead of advice.
Maybe sometimes I see Christian allegory in everything - but I sure saw this book as an allegory about "going home" to heaven. A number of creatures help lost little Baby Bear on his way, urging him to look within himself, sing a song, climb a little higher... until at last he stands on his hind legs atop a rock, a rainbow arcing through the mist from a waterfall, and, surveying a beautiful sunrise, declares, "Yes, I can see. I AM home."

A terrific book to have on the table for the little people
Initially when I see there’s a new book from Kadir Nelson, there’s a sense of anticipation. I was excited to see this new book as well. But I was very disappointed.

It seemed as though Nelson was trying to write this like an old Native American tale, but there were inconsistencies that cannot be overlooked. Baby Bear is searching for home when the moon is high and yet he is seen talking to squirrels, who are not nocturnal, mountain goats, who are also not nocturnal, and other animals who would b
I picked this book up thinking "Kadir Nelson! it is another Kadir Nelson. I MUST read this and look lovingly at each and every illustration." Upon reading it, that wasn't what I did. The story is cute and sweet, the landscapes are brilliant, the moon against the midnight sky is fantastic. I just can't get passed the eyes of the animals. Reading other reviews it may just be me but the eyes just don't contain the soul that I have come to expect from Nelson's books. (and they kind of creep me out a ...more
Dawn Zachary
Boys and girls the story we are going to read today reminds me of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz”. In the movie Dorothy goes to a strange land and meets a lot of people who are familiar to her when she thinks she is far from home. Baby Bear also thinks she is far from home. Have you ever been separated from your family? While we are reading, look at the illustrations to see what time of day you think the story takes place and be sure to tell that to your partner during pair and share time
Randi Johnson
As baby bear goes through everyday life, the author works very closely to portray this in a transcendent picture book. With a simple story the author brings to the surface many important life reminders and lessons for children. It makes it evident how important it is to listen to your heart and trust yourself no matter what comes your way in life. Growing up this is important for children to be reminded of because of the self esteem building children go through in the fist part of their lives. I ...more
Kayla Dunbar
Baby Bear is a very encouraging story with beautiful illustrations. Kadir Nelson did a fantastic job on this book. The story of a lost baby bear is something that children can think about. The baby bear is the same age as the children that will be reading this book. I think that the story is a very good one. It gets more and more hopefully with each new animal that baby bear meets. The story can instill courage in anyone that reads it. Nelson created both the story and the illustrations. I think ...more
I wasn’t going to review this book, because I didn’t actually get it, and it’s rather a source of embarrassment when one doesn’t get a book designed for children aged 4-7. However, it occurs to me that this too is a legitimate response to reading a book.

This is the story of a little baby bear who is lost and is trying to find his way home. He stops and asks for help from the animals he encounters, all of whom tell him some version of trust yourself and listen to your heart. Finally he encounters
Melissa Mcavoy
Like many other reviews I have mixed feelings about this book. The illustrations are handsome, with some of the strong composition Kadir Nelson is known for, but I have to agree that I find his human portraits more engaging. There is something more pedestrian and saccharine about this book, with the big eyed baby bear comically cute. Of course there is nothing wrong with cute, especially for K-1, but there is less power here than I have come to expect from Nelson's illustrations.

Rereading it sev
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents
Absolutely gorgeous illustrations. A baby bear is lost. Is it just me or is this a very common children's book theme? Are baby bears just navigationally-challenged, or what? Anyway, this super-polite baby bear asks all the different forest animals how to get home. All the forest animals love and trust him, even though he probably eats them on a daily basis. The only one that asks the bear not to eat him is the salmon, which is appropriate, I guess. Again, the illustrations are out of this world.
Baby Bear won me over when I first saw the gorgeous cover, but this new children's book is so much more than just a pretty cover. The author is also the illustrator, and an individual who has been recognized for his talent as a winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards.

The story is about a very young bear who has lost his way and trying to get back to his home. He meet's several different animals along the way, each helps to build his confidence about
I was going to use this book for preschool storytime, because the illustrations are so captivating. However, after reading the story, I decided not to use it. The way Baby Bear and the other animals speak to each other is a bit syrupy sweet, and seemed unnatural (i.e. calling each other "dear -insert animal name here-"). I was very disappointed at the end, when lost little Baby Bear found his way home, but there were no other bears there waiting for him to return.
Baby bear is lost and is in need of assistance getting home. Each animal he asks for help gives him their advise on how they get home when they are lost. Retrace your steps or hug a tree or even sing a song.

Baby Bear finally makes it home, but he still seems lost, at least the illustration makes him seem lost. There is no mother to welcome him to a cave therefore the story looks as if it ends abruptly. It ends with Baby Bear looking out over the forest, the same forest that he just wandered thr
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Bethany Boutin
The conversations a little lost cub has with the various wise animals who help guide him home lend this book a calming sense of wisdom and reassurance to anyone who has felt lost in life. The illustrations are rich and lush. The only question I have is: how did the bear get lost and whom does he return home to in the end? I would have been reassured to see a parent reunite with him.
Romanus Elangwe
Baby Bear loses his way and tries to find his way back patiently asking questions and listening to advise. He meets with a mountain lion who is judgmental; the frog is busy and ask the bear to find his way himself; the squirrel advises that he should hug a tree and think of home!; the moose advised he should sit still and listen to his heart, the heart is never wrong; the ram advises that he should climb a little higher and see around; the owl says he should look up, he is with him and he will f ...more
Pam ☼Ask Me About FrankenKnee☼ Tee
I love Kadir's work, however this one's a bit of a puzzle for me.

The story is about BABY BEAR. He/She is lost and s/he finds their way to end of their journey with the help of others in the forest. Giant moose and a mountain lion help. Little squirrels, a trout and other animals provide direction and advice and in that sense the book takes on a 'it takes a village' tone. (view spoiler)

Enter my concerns. (view spoi
Not my favorite Kadir Nelson book. I was turned off by the dismissive tone some animals took with Bear. While many page spread perspectives were lovely (I loved Bear looking up at the squirrels), others felt really odd and the scale change seemed overkill (the super close up of Bear's eyes and snout).
Susan Dove Lempke
Baby Bear is lost and consults a variety of animals who offer advice on how to find his way home. Being a Kadir Nelson book, of course the oil paintings are spectacular, showing Baby Bear illuminated by moonlight throughout his journey. Where it goes a little wrong for me and for the kids I read it to this past week is that home, for children, is with your mother. At the end of the book, although the text says Baby Bear is home, kids don't believe it because his mother is nowhere in sight. They ...more
Edward Sullivan
The narrative of this sweet, reassuring story does not quite match the spectacular illustrations. Great for bedtime reading.
Beautifully illustrated and sweet. There we're a few moments of humor that we're nice, like the frog with the wings stuck out of the side of his mouth. Overall I think it is too involved in it's own philosophy for the age of it's audience while most everyone else will be bored with the repeated interactions. Maybe a reader who is more into sweet picture books or doesn't find overly large eyed animals worrisome will love this. I for one am just confused by what is supposed to be comforting about ...more
Stephenie Barnes
I think that this story should win the Caldecott medal. It has a great message throughout the story and children could really relate well with it. Each animal that the baby bear comes in contact with gives him great advice that could work well with children reading it. This could be so because some of the children could be feeling alone and afraid just like the baby bear. Besides the story having a great message, the pictures are beautiful and wonderfully realistic. I think children would really ...more
This best part of this book for me is the illustrations, which is not surprising from a Kadir Nelson book. The ones in here are beautiful. And one could stretch this to using very polite manners as well as advice for all kinds of troubling situations in life (look up, sit still and think, sing, etc.). But the overall story kind of lags. I had hoped when he found he was home that he would have found a parent at the same time. Oh well.

Could work in a storytime, but I'd have to think on that.

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