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Bear's Book

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A story about stories, writing, reading, and friendship

When Bear's favorite book of stories falls apart, he is determined to write one of his own. He ventures into the forest for inspiration, but writing is harder than he thinks, and he soon discovers that he needs help from his friends. See how Bear transforms their day into a wonderful adventure in this story about crea
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Templar Books
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May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who loves to hear a great story or write one themselves, Bear’s Book is for YOU. Bear’s adventures with his friends and his search for the perfect story to tell will captivate and inspire little readers. 
Vera Godley
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely, gentle story of a kindly bear whose favorite book has come apart and he decides to write a new book. His own book. So he begins to meander through the beautiful forest in search of ideas for his story.

He encounters his forest friends, one by one. Each time there is some incident or action that takes place. Toward the end of the book, bear actually sits down to put together his ideas for his story.

The result is charming and is built around his own experiences and knowledge.

Beautifully s
Zoë Reilly-Ansons
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Bear's Book by Claire Freedman is a beautiful children's book that is abut friendship, creativity, imagination, and writing. Alison Friend's illustrations are cute, soft, and just make you want to be able to hug all the characters. The illustrations really bring this book to life.

This book is perfect for children about 4 and up as it is a bit too long for the preschool group. The story also is inspiring for children who want to be writers as it illustrates how you can draw on your life to creat
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bear wants to write a book, but is having trouble finding inspiration. Will his friends be able to help?

Lovely, soft illustrations make the animals look oh-so-huggable and bring the characters to life. The story is sweet, and my only complaint is that the text is a little hard to read. But it's a great book for young, aspiring writers or those who want a cozy story.

Thank you to Candlewick Press and LibraryThing for the advanced copy of this book!*
*This did not affect my review or rating.
Miss Sarah
An elementary and up book about a bear trying to write abook and instead having adventures with his friends. Can he ever find inspiration?
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Bear's Book by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Alison Friend. PICTURE BOOK. Templar Books (Candlewick), 2019. $17. 9781536205718



Bear loves to read his favorite book of stories to such a degree that one day his book entirely falls apart. Bear decides to write his own story but struggles to come up with a good idea. While trying to battle his writer's block, Bear ends up helping out a good number of his friends from various chall
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Friends, Love & Surprises!


Bear sets out for a walk in a lovely forest to solve a problem, but at every turn, his plans are changed. First, he runs into his friend mouse, then friend rabbit, followed by his fiends the owls—and they all need his help. Bear returns home discouraged since he never had time to work on his own troubles. The ending contains a surprise along with the benefits that comes from putting the needs of
First sentence: Once upon a time, there was a bear whose favorite thing to do was read. But Bear had a problem: he had read his book of stories so many times that it was falling to pieces...and one day a gust of wind blew all the pages away!

Premise/plot: After his favorite book is gone, Bear decides to write a new book. But writing does not come as naturally as reading!!! In fact, Bear finds himself stumped. But with more than a little help from his friends...he may just find inspiration and an
The Library Lady
I've read this basic plot many times before. Haven't other people? I know that the average Good Reads picture book reviewer seems to have a knowledge of the genre about as deep as a mud puddle, but come on, folks!

You're not familiar with Rocket Writes a Story? You don't know the Steads' [book:Bear Has a Story to Tell|13170028}?


This is pretty. It's sweet. But it's not original in the slightest.

One star removed for the flap near the end of the book. Yes, it's cute to set up Bear's "story"
Bear is struggling to find a story idea, and off he goes to see if a back-scratch or a swim will help. On his way, he meets some friends who need his help. It's a cumulative story that ends happily with a fold-out page showing Bear's New Story! Along the way, he does find and writes that story, with some help from Claire Freedman and sweet mixed-media illustrations by Alison Friend. For young readers and writers, a story to discuss in writing workshop! Thanks to Candlewick Press for the copy.
Melanie Coombes
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully illustrated children's book. It is about a bear who loves reading. One day he decides to write his own story, but he doesn't know how to begin. As he tries to come up with ideas, he meets his friends throughout the day who help give him ideas. It would be perfect for ages 4 and up. I would even find it a good book to read to children in first grade as it talks about the beginning, middle and ending when writing a story. I received a complimentary book as part of the Library ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Experiencing a bit of writer’s block, Bear comes up with various ways to solve his problem. However, each time he tries to figure out what to write about, he’s interrupted by a friend who needs help. Will he ever find his story? Beautiful soft illustrations of mixed media bring much to this delightful story about friendship and how sometimes the best-laid plans can go awry and open up to even better solutions. I love the way a special foldout book is tucked inside the last pages!
Cathy Mealey
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bear loves reading, until his favorite book falls apart. No problem - he'll make up his own story. But alas, writer's block stops Bear. A scritch, a swim and a climb don't offer him any story starters, but he does help his forest friends. A delightful gatefold surprise brings Bear's adventure to a swash-buckling conclusion. ...more
Kathleen Meacham
Very sweet tale. I particularly liked that the book Bear ends up writing is embedded inside the actual library book by way of a special folding. That was a fun way to do it, and I am sure children will enjoy flipping the page open, along with the full story. Illustrations are quite cute. Overall, a good way to encourage imagination.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bear wants to write a book, but can't think of any ideas. He goes out to carry on with his day in the forest and ends up helping some of his forest friends. This gives him creative inspiration for his project. As a writer...ok, there is some truth in that? I always say if you're not out experiencing life then you won't have much to write about. ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Bear is an author with some serious writer's block! He decides to go outside and find a spot to think of ideas for his books. He tries several different places but always seems to run into a friend in need. Bear then realizes the PERFECT idea was starting him in the face all along. ...more
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I liked the illustrations, the plot was good and it had a good pace. I liked the inclusion of the book in the book.
This was a very good book and I would likely recommend it to others.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: august2019
Predictable, but cute.
Edward Sullivan
Bear's forest pals inspire him to write a story. ...more
Syntha Green
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A sweet story of friendship with adorably illustrated animals
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story is meh, but the illustrations are great.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Familiar cadence; adorable ending.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Bear's writing process and the story he wrote in the book. The illustrations are cheerful and warmly relatable. ...more
Josie Stewart
I am loving this one! Great mentor text for writers of narrative! Lovely theme of friendship as well and helping others. Thinking I will have to buy this one!
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Cute little picture book about a bear who decides to write a story, but needs a little inspiration from his friends.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book to inspire a love of story telling and/or writing for children.
Jun 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every good story begins with a back scratch! This and other delightful gems can be found in this warm and friendly book. We especially enjoyed the book-in-a-book as bear draws on his own life and relationships to write his story. With Alison Friend's cozy illustrations, Bear's Book invites the reader back again and again.

4 1/2 stars.

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