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Bear Came Along

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Once there was a river that flowed night and day, but it didn't know it was a river until... Bear came along.

Bear is on a big adventure. But he doesn't know how big it is until his friends join in. What will these very different woodland animals find at the end of their journey? Maybe the most important lesson of all - that they're in it together.
ebook, 40 pages
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books

I didn’t know what my picture book world was missing until….

…this sweet read came along! :)

One curious Bear gets the fun rolling with a log ride down the river! Along the way, Bear meets all kinds of new friends and survives all kinds of twists and turns. Jump aboard and see!

Richard T. Morris and LeUyen Pham create fun and meaning and color oh-so beautifully on the pages of Bear Came Along in words and pictures. Pictures I keep going back to again and again. Like the beautiful river! The blues
La Coccinelle
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is a simple, cumulative story about a bunch of forest animals and their shared experience on a river. It starts with Bear, who falls into the water and manages to climb onto a broken log. Then Froggy comes along. Soon, there are a whole bunch of critters rafting down the river. They don't really know where they're going, but they're all in it together. Even as they approach the waterfall...

I've read another collaboration by this duo before, the amusing Sheep 101 . The illustrations here
Rian *fire and books*
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely a good story for the littler ones, but easily some older kids will enjoy the art. I loved how cute the art is. Especially the raccoon doing a dive (Pocahontas reference there?) off a waterfall. It’s a story that builds so it’s not super intricate and is pretty easy to understand.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
I love this picture book. Great illustrations with pretty colors. A great message too. A really quick read
"So many different animals living their separate lives, but they didn't know they were in it together."
Lynn Plourde
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
The river connects bear, froggy, turtles, beaver, raccoons, and duck. They didn't even know something was missing in their lives--connection! But life is more fun, more purposeful, plus we can tackle bigger problems when we face it together. You're not alone. I'm not alone. Find a friend, a bunch of friends, and carry on!
Laura Harrison
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Maybe Bear Came Along will be the book that wins the illustrator, LeUyen Pham a Caldecott. Goodness knows she has been deserving of one for years.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun twist on the frequently-done Cumulative Animal Story, with a nice theme of working together and taking a chance.

LeUyen Pham, the most under-awarded prolific illustrator of our time, does the illustrations in watercolor, ink, and gouache on hot-press illustration board. This looks like a different style than her usual, with an effective use of "color as emotion" (color grows and brightens throughout the book as characters grow, too). I liked her Artist's Note, which includes the
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book sucked me in with the fun pictures, and the message was a little lost on me until I read the author's notes. It's a subtle one: we're all in this together, even given our differences, and cooperation is the way to overcome difficulties.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Brilliant, beautiful, funny illustrations by LeYuen Pham. Excellent end papers! A very fun read aloud. Older kids will get the message of how we’re all in this together, and that we really don’t know ourselves until we get out in the world and be around others.
Lesley Burnap
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a book to start your school year! The theme of interconnectedness is lovingly told through the words & pictures! And wait until you see the gorgeous illustrations from Leuyen Pham! Check out the “map” on the end pages! So much to share about this book, but I’ll let YOU discover it for yourself!
Very cute. I love the illustrations.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The illustrations kill.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The pictures are adorable but there isn't much of a story.
Wendy Garland
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2019
Great book to share about bringing people together.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-alena
I really like the illustrations in this book. I would love to see more by this illustrator. The story is cute too. Alena and I enjoyed this book.
Ms. B
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, picture
Promote teamwork and community with this story about a group of animals with various talents and personalities who connect through a journey on a river.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clever, funny
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
There is great humor and a lesson about looking at the world around you and going out into it. I love the “until” on some of the pages-this would be a good spot to wonder what is going to happen next before you turn the page if you are reading it with a young one.

The endpapers are cute and could be looked at after reading the story through to discuss the story more.

The illustrations are fabulous and colorful and large.
A bear finds adventure and friendship while riding along down a river on a log when he is joined by a frog, some turtles, a beaver, two raccoons, and a duck. Fun story
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exuberant and joyful book, which has bear journeying down river on a log, collecting other animals as he goes. The large cartoon illustrations in watercolor, ink and gouache perfectly express the fun and excitement of the journey of these animals. This would make a great read-aloud to a group of kiddos.
Abby Johnson
This is a colorful story about woodland creatures inadvertently taking an adventure down the river together, each of their different personalities adding something to the journey. Hand to fans of Karma Wilson's Bear books or THE RED SLED by Lita Judge.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Bear falls into the river he doesn't know he is on an adventure until... A series of animals accidentally fetch up with Bear on his log as they float down the river and have quite a surprise!

Simple, cheerful and absolutely delightful this is a story about the serendipity of life and how all of us are in it together. Leuyen Pham's illustrations are joyous, created in watercolor, ink and gouache. She makes full use of the large size with panels, interesting perspectives and hilarious 2 page
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bear is exploring a river that flows through the forest when the log breaks and he begins floating toward a new adventure. He is joined on the log by a lonely frog, They are joined by a beaver, some raccoons, and a duck. Everyone seems to be having a wonderful time until a waterfall appears ahead. Some consternation appears on each animal's face as possible danger looms ahead. Over the falls they plunge together holding on to one another as best they can. They dive with smiles into the still ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A river flowed through the forest. The river had no idea it could have adventures until a big bear came along. As the curious bear toppled into the river, the adventure began. Soon Bear was joined by Froggy and they both climbed onto a log which headed down the river. Along the way, others joined them too. There was the beaver who could captain, the turtles who were worried about disaster, the raccoons who didn’t know how to be careful, and the duck they crashed into. Then came the waterfall…

Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
This review was originally shared on Lazy Day Literature.

What a fantastic adventure!
Take a fast river ride with bear and his new friends! This is the story of a river, a curious bear, and a bunch of very different creatures that take the ride of their lives together!

This lovely little tale that has a deeper message of unity, camaraderie, and coming together to enjoy the ride despite our differences. This was uplifting and heartwarming and one book I wouldn't mind adding to my collection and
Sophie Carrier
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
This book is about a bear named "Bear." Bear was curious and liked to explore. In the book, he meets a frog named "Froggy." Froggy did not have many friends and she was lonely. After Bear and Froggy meet, they meet several other animals that follow them along their adventure on the river. As they meet the other animals, the story continues but some of the pages do not have words. Although they do not have pages, the illustrations take over for that part of the story. The pictures are colorful, ...more
Kaitlin Bisbee
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bear Came Along is a sweet children's picture book that highlights the importance and joy in diversity in a subtle way. The adventure starts when a bear accidentally breaks a log and falls into the water, riding the log down the river. As the river flows and turns animals begin to join the log ride. A frog, two turtles, a raccoon, a duck, and a beaver. Each animal has a different personality, which is really expressed well through their facial expressions and illustrations. They all start off ...more
Sammi Nutter
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris is a story about a bear going on an adventure accumulating friends as he goes. While riding down the river, the animals (friends) worked together in order to navigate around the river. The author did a great job at keeping the pages interesting by adding “until” at the end of each page making it exciting to flip to the next page. The illustrations are very creative and fun as the illustrator used bright colors accompanied with detailed work enhancing each ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love LeUyen Pham, and the illustrations are great. Even the story is ok. But the text could really use some work. A prime example is this sentence: "The Turtles tried to warn them about things that could go wrong, but they didn't know how to enjoy the ride...until Beaver climbed aboard." That's bad writing plain and simple. Ax the "but" and add a period and you're fine. Even replace "but" with "and," and you'd be better off. I think a number of things feel a tad off throughout. The river ...more
Rayeann Hatfield
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can use this book to teach a lesson about friendhsip in my classroom. Friendship is an important topic to be talked about. This book is about a river that brings a group of animals closer together. It first starts with a bear coming along to a river. Bear dips his toes into the water falling in and as he floats with the stream more animals join, first a frog and ending with racoons and some more animals in between. They follow the river together all the way down. There is a page that just ...more
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