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Where Bear?

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  448 ratings  ·  85 reviews
"Nothing short of magnificent."--Library Media Connection

"[A] winsome debut."--New York Times

This beautifully illustrated, fun read-aloud picture book will have kids everywhere asking the same question: "Where, bear?"
Once there was a bear cub who lived with a little boy. But over time the bear cub grew . . . and grew . . . and GREW! And did things that bears do . . . and d
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 2nd 2015 by Philomel Books (first published August 28th 2014)
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Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
There once was a little boy who had a small bear as his companion. Over time, the bear grew and grew, to the point that he no longer fit into the small confines of a family home. The boy and Bear began discussing different places the ever-growing animal could live, but none appealed to the large animal. However, once the idea of a polar habitat entered the discussion, Bear loved it, especially with all the snow that would surround him. However, there was one more fork in the road. When and how w ...more
Ellie Abrey
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An endearing story of a bear living with a young boy, but then grows so much he is unable to live there any longer. The boy goes in search of an appropriate place for the bear to live, none of which are to the satisfaction of the bear. That is until the boy takes the bear to the Arctic, where he discovers his love of snow and decides to live there. The boy and bear remain friends.

This would be a good story to read in the early years as it contains examples of phonemes with different graphemes.
Jonathan Jones
I read this book as a part of the reading challenge, and I had the opportunity to read this in front of an early years setting. The children thoroughly enjoyed the comedic aspect of the child with the polar bear, the short sentences and rhyming words allow the children to follow the story more easily. The book was easily decodable for the children and a few of the children were able to sound out the book.
Sarah (YA Love)
This is a cute story, but it feels unfinished. I also would have appreciated a different font color on some of the darker pages. Black text over darkly colored images is a bad combination that I'm surprised wasn't addressed during the editing process. ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time
They really set this one up for a sequel.

I liked the use of typography to convey a single word ("no").
Megan Watterson
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a vibrant book for foundation children as the language is repetitive and simple. This could also be used for an EAL child due to the easy language. This story is easy to follow and the pictures really hold the children's imagination. ...more
Annie Wingate
This story includes a range of phonemes making it perfect to ready with early years. The use of repetition makes it easy for children to follow and the storyline allows children to understand the importance of friendship.
Emily Matview
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e
Despite what you may think from the title, no one is bit by a bear and then becomes a bear. Instead, a boy tries to find a new home for his friend/pet bear, a place "where" it can live.

The art was fantastic. I love an artist who can be so expressive with a minimalist style.

The story has a nice dialogic component to it. When a new home isn’t right, like, say, the circus, readers are encouraged to shout “no!”

This makes it a good book for preschoolers, as you’ll have fun encouraging them to shout
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
When a bear cub outgrows his home, a little boy joins him on a journey to find a new one. Young readers will appreciate the bear's picky search, the gentle illustrations, and the reassuring repetitive text. Don't miss the final illustration on the copyright page! ...more
Amanda | District Reads
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a graphically bold, very modern and very appealing picture book for kids and adults of all ages. It's absolutely my favorite picture book in a long time. ...more
Jillian Heise
I would have rated it higher if not for the last two pages which threw me off. I appreciated the humor, illustrations, and repeating refrain up to that point.
Heather C.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed this just as much as my preschoolers. Cute, cute artwork and a tender, simple storyline about a boy who needs his 'pet' bear to go live as a bear ought to. ...more
Sophie Kirby
This picture book is told in the 3rd person narrative point of view. It is a fantasy fiction about a little boy who is trying to find a bear he lives with a more suitable home to live in because the bear had become too big and bearish to stay in the boys’ house. This led them onto an adventure to different locations such as a toy shop, zoo, circus, the woods, a cave, and the jungle, to find the bear a home, but the bear says ‘no’ to all of them. They go home and get an ice lolly which gives the ...more
Ramon Requena
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 230
This book is about a boy and his bear. The bear started out as a bear cub and eventually grew too big to live a house with the boy. So the boy decided to find a home for the bear; they went to various locations in search for a home for bear. After many failed places, the boy and the bear reached the arctic where it was decided it was the right place. The bear and boy remained friends after this. This book is cute and catchy as the boy would always say, "Then Where, Bear?". This story does not ne ...more
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
"Sigh!" Illustrators who also author their books get away with so much. This story is not developed. WHY did the bear need a new place to live? Just because he got big? Did HE think he needed a new home? I didn't feel the conflict that lead to the need for the action of the story. Was anyone unhappy enough to motivate the actual story? I am not convinced of this. At the end they are both happy, but when in the story were they not happy so that there was growth over the course of it? Also, why co ...more
Jennifer Strong
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2017
Bear has grown too big and bearish to live in a house. Can little boy find the right place for bear?

Lovely illustrations with lots of color. Fortunately, the distance that ends up separating them doesn't eliminate their friendship.
Katrina Clohessy
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute and simple story about boy needing to find a new home for his growing bear.
Simple, bold color scheme.
May not seem that exciting to adults, but kids might like giving answers aloud to questions in the story.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because you need to build this awesome fort, this bear fort. But not so big, so it can fit on the paper. Don't put too much glue. And I didn't have much fur balls for the craft, so I needed to get extra from the people who bring the crafts. ...more
Jennifer Choi
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charming illustrations and a simple endearing story about growing up and friendships. How staying far apart will not change the bond between friends. With repetitive words, toddlers will read along with you and shout “Where?”
Megan Bamforth
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely and simple picture book, great for young ones as the rhyme and repetition would be brilliant to read aloud. It would encourage children to join in and make predictions about the story. I also really like the illustration style and colour palette.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, storytime
A very cute addition to my mental "storytime bear books" collection. Would be great for toddler storytime! ...more
Rin Dawson
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a classroom staple for my 2-3 year olds, First they were obsessed with pompom and now where bear! sophy henn you can do no wrong!
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the easy repetition in the story. Easy to follow along. A nice friendship story with a happy ending.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Where bear? Where Bear? Said the boy. The book is repetitive and the illustrations are basic and colourful. The book is intriguing because every illustration is different from the zoo to the circus.
Trisha Parsons
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book for Story Time. The text and illustrations are simple, and there is a lot of opportunity for dialogic reading as the boy tries to figure out where the bear should live.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an adorable and sweet book about the friendship between a boy and a bear. The ending was adorable as were the illustrations and the whole story. I loved it!
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very cute story.
Sadina Shawver
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This is a sweet story about finding space. I read it as a call and response book for colors, too. I remember the focus on friendship and finding a place to belong as the best parts of the story.
Lara Bate
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Where Bear? by Sophy Henn is about a bear who is looking to find his home. The book had a couple inaccuracies (e.g., penguins don't live in the arctic). ...more
Alice Bennett
A bear searches for a new home with the help of his best friend.
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Sophy Henn ( lives and works in Sussex, England. She studied Fashion at Central Saint Martins, accidentally had a London based career as an Art Director in advertising, then completed an MA at University of Brighton in Illustration. Now she writes and illustrates children's books in her studio, with a large cup of tea by her side, and can't quite believe her luck. WHERE BEAR? is ...more

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