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Where Bear?

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  71 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
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.
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.
Steven 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Jennifer Strong
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, children-s
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.
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.
Katrina Pieri
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.
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!
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.
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!
Kleine Atlas
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: engels
Tussen 3 en 4 sterren, maar ik kies 3 omdat ik vrees dat ik over een half jaar vergeten ben waar het precies over ging.
Homegrown Reader
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
We were drawn to this book because the cover. It’s simple and basic which is easier for younger kids to focus on. I love intricate and complicated illustrations with detailed work but Bug prefers more basic pictures that help differentiate between the background and what’s going on in the actual story. It turns out this is a toddler gem. The story is very repetitive so kids can “help read” the words but the illustrations are engaging enough that it keeps the little ones interested. Essentially, ...more
Matthew Winner
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
And the final book, the best book ever this week, is called Where Bear? And it's by Sophy Henn. And this just might be a perfect picture book. Where Bear? stars of boy and his bear, and the boy just continues to ask that reprised, "Where bear?" Where should you go? Where do you want to go as you're growing and growing larger? Where should your home be? And the boy searches all over to find "Is it a zoo? How about if we bring you to a toy shop? What about the jungle?" And no place is right. And s ...more
Een leuk prentenboek over een jongen en zijn beer.

Je ziet echt dat die twee al sinds het begin bij elkaar zijn, en dat vond ik toch heel leuk om te zien. Ik was even bang dat we misschien meteen naar het Beer-is-te-groot-moet-ergens-anders-wonen stuk gaan, maar we hebben eerst een lieve introductie.
Vervolgens begint het, want ja, kleine schattige beertjes worden nu eenmaal groot, veel groter dan mensen, en dan heb je toch een probleem. Gelukkig is onze hoofdpersoon slim en geeft hij heel veel o
Adorable! Bear has gotten too big and bearish to live at home anymore. So his roommate, a little boy, sets out to find his friend the perfect place to live. Some bear-friendly ideas include: a toy store, the circus, and the woods. With each suggestion, this cuddly critter says "No", prompting the boy to repeat, "Then where, Bear?". Stumped, the two head home where it hits the boy, this is a polar bear, maybe the Arctic would be best. Distance immediately mends their relations for they now can li ...more
As youngsters eventually realize, sometimes we outgrow our friends, and sometimes they outgrow us. In the case of Bear, he simply grows too big to live in a house with his boy. They search everywhere for the right place for Bear to stay, but nothing works until they travel to the Arctic and find just the right place for him. Even though the miles separate them, they stay in touch by telephone. I liked the repetitive phrase that keeps cropping up in the book: "Where, bear?" (unpaged)and the color ...more
Christine Turner
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 do . . . and DO! One day the boy looked at the bear and realized he was just too big and bearish to be living in a house. "I think it's time we found you a new place to live where you can be bearish and big," said the boy. "But where, bear?"
From the only two-time World Book Illustrator Sophy Henn, here is a delightful journey that reminds us
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
The illustrations are simple yet beautiful, offset by the changing color of the page. I know some might be thrown off by that but it was one of the things I really enjoyed about the book. The only thing that kept me from giving it 4 stars, and I know I'm being very picky about this but I am looking at it from the perspective of an English major and librarian, is at the end when the lines go, "And the boy went home. So the bear was happy." It makes it sound like the bear was happy once the boy le ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A modern day picture book with bold illustrations and simple text by author/illustrator Sophy Henn makes it an enchanting read. This is a story about a bear who outgrows his home with a boy. So the boy helps him find a new home where he can be "bearish." Adorable with repetitive lines: No. Then where bear? Most of the illustrations are on two-page spreads. Love the friendship theme, which adds sweetness to the book. The only thing I don't understand is how easily the bear and the boy can go thei ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Where Bear?" is a delightful picture book that is sure to charm. A bear and a boy live happily together but both baby bears and baby boys grow up, and over time the bear grows too big for the human-sized house. Sad to lose his friend, but determined to find a nice new home for him, the boy offers up suggestion after suggestion. Some bears live in zoos, or forests or perform in a circus. What about one of those places? With each "No" from the bear comes a defeated response from our boy, "Then wh ...more
Cute. Was trying to find something for movement, and had too much text. But could work for preschool.

10/5/16 Used in preschool Bears theme. Not bad. I think they missed some of the humor, but overall enjoyed it. At the end I asked where they thought Bear and the boy should go next--and one of my babies who is now old enough for preschool ST (how do they grow up that fast?!) called out DisneyLand. I agree, my dear. I think A Bear and His Boy may have been a better choice for this crowd, but oh we
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
What do you do with a bear when he’s too big for your house? You find him a new house……..but where? In the forest? In the circus? In a toy shop? Or in the zoo? These are questions a boy is pondering as he realizes that his little bear has grown up just like him and he feels that the bear needs room to be “bearish and big.” The duo sets off to find the perfect spot but bear is not satisfied with where the boy takes him. The boy finally comes up with an idea and it works. I think children will enj ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a picture book, not a JE, but I included that tag because there is a repeating line that makes this book great for a read aloud or for an emergent reader.

In this book, a boy and a bear are friends - until the bear grows too big to live in the house. They try to figure out the perfect place for bear to live and nothing seems quite right. Of course, they finally find a place that will make both of them happy.
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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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