Thursday, August 5, 2010

What About Bear?

What About Bear?
written and illustrated by Suzanne Bloom
(Boyds Mills Press) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library

Bear and Goose are playing and having a good time. Fox comes along and asks to play too. Bear invites him in, but Fox proceeds to want to play new games that make Bear feel left out. Bear is too big for hopscotch and too grumpy for checkers. It's up to Goose to find a way for these three to be friends together.

What About Bear? would be an excellent lead-in for a discussion with very young students about friendship and making others feel included in play situations. The book is a short read which makes it ideal for young students and the illustrations are eye-catching so their interest will be piqued. By reading this book, you can make students aware of possible friendship problems without having to single out students and make it personal. Kids are smart and will be able to make connections between this story and their own dilemmas on the playground.

 Other reviews of What About Bear?:
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