Reviews for Nothing can frighten a bear

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A five-member bear family ventures from their cozy cave deep in the woods out into the night to find the source of a monstrous roar that has awakened Baby Bear. The bears are startled on three occasions not by monsters, but by a deer, a frog, and a crow. Each time, without the others noticing, one bear gets stuck behind, until it's only Daddy and Baby Bear. When the other three reappear covered in leaves and muck, Daddy and Baby Bear mistake them for monsters before realizing who they are, returning to the safety of their snug beds and later discovering that the perceived roar was actually Baby Bear himself snoring. While the story is low-key and the humor is subtle, there is a pleasing ebb and flow to the steadily paced action. The illustrations, awash in soft browns and muted colors, feature nothing remotely menacing. Reassuring and comforting, this carries an unobtrusive message that fears are often more imaginary than real, and the rollicking rhyming text encourages listeners to help tell the story.--Enos, Randall Copyright 2018 Booklist


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PreS-Gr 2-A loving family of bears starts out on a midnight quest to prove to baby bear that there are no scary monsters in the woods. Along the way, a series of mishaps causes the family members to disappear one by one, leaving only baby bear and brave daddy bear, who is just a tiny bit rattled. It is baby bear who discovers, at last, that there was nothing to be afraid of all along. This is a fun and exciting picture book that will cause anyone afraid of monsters in the night to giggle. The rhyming text is perfect for allowing listeners to make predictions and supply the rhyme. In conjunction with the predictable rhyming phrases, the full-page illustrations move the story forward and aid in identifying context clues. Created in mixed media, the muted tones of blue and green set the ideal scene for a late-night walk in the woods. The animal characters are adorably humorous and keep the story light, especially for young readers who may share the same fears. Not only is this simply a fun picture book to add to a collection, it can be used to comfort and reassure those wary of the dark of night. VERDICT This is one selection that kids will reach for over and over again. A must purchase.-Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Baby Bear is asleep in bed when a resounding roar awakens him. Despite Mommy Bear's assurance that "there aren't any monsters," Baby Bear isn't sure. His need for proof sends his family of five into the forest to search for monsters. Dale's rhymes bound along steadily, and her use of repetition, ellipses, and emphasized words builds light suspense: "So all the bears stopped-could a monster be near?/ But out of the darkness there trotted a... deer! Daddy Bear insists that "nothing can frighten a bear," but the rest of the family is startled by the sudden appearances of animals, creating comic irony that even young readers will appreciate. Metcalf's mixed-media cartoons effectively lighten the monster-driven plot. Her bears have vibrant brown fur, contrasting with the landscape's cool blue and green tones, and her charcoal-like shading gives depth to the forest scenery. Daddy Bear's confidence is shaken when the other family members start to disappear, one by one, but Dale keeps the mood funny and light, right up to the revelation of what startled Baby Bear to begin with. Ages 3-7. (Jan.) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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