Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Where Bear

By: Sophy Henn

Where Bear?

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Summary: A bear cub that has grown up with a boy gets too big and bearish to continue living in a house, so the boy sets out with his friend to find him a new place to live.

Rating: 3 ***

A nice story about emotions. As they visit different locations the bear says no for many different reasons, until they find the perfect place for him to call home.

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

Written By: Julia Sarcone-Roach

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

Summary: When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit.

Rating: 3 ***

The book follows the journey of a bear who ends up in the city by accident, eats a sandwich, and finds his way home. In the end, Roach reveals the story is told by an unlikely source and not fully understood.

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The Bear Report

By: Thyra Heder

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The Bear Report

Summary: Sophie is uninterested in writing a research report on polar bears until a polar bear named Olafur swoops her away to the Arctic, where she learns all about the playful bear’s habits and habitat, from glacier mice to Northern Lights.

Rating: 4 ****

An adorable story about how a girl writes a mean report about polar bears, until she actually meets one. She learns about what they’re about and the challenges they’re facing in the wild. Heder takes a wonderful approach at introducing factual content into a picture book story.

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Winnie

Written By: Sally M. Walker
Illustrated By: Jonathan D. Voss

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Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Summary: When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear at a train station, he knew he could care for it. Harry was a veterinarian. But he was also a soldier in training during World War I. Harry named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, his company’s home town, and he brought her along to the military camp in England. Winnie followed Harry everywhere and slept under his cot every night. Before long, she became the regiment’s much-loved mascot. But who could care for the bear when Harry went to battle? Harry found just the right place for Winnie–the London Zoo. There a boy named Christopher Robin played with Winnie–he could care for this bear too!

Rating: 4 ****

A unique story of a sweet bear who went on to capture the hearts of many generations.

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The Entertainer

By: Emma Dodd

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The Entertainer

Summary: Arriving at a little boy’s birthday party, an entertainer in a big cuddly bear costume delights the children with his antics and surprises them when his costume will not come off.

Rating: 3 ***

A silly story about a truly bizarre mix up. Kids will love the bear and the funny things he does.

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100 Bears

By: Magali Bardos

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100 Bears

Summary: In one forest, between two mountains, three bears put their four paws in the air. From 1 to 100, follow the number trail through this bonkers bear tale.

Rating: 5 *****

A unique counting book where all of the numbers are significant to the story.

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Something about a Bear

By: Jackie Morris

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Something about a Bear

Summary: Follows the activities of eight wild bears as they find their food and take care of their young.

Rating: 3 ***

If your child is interested in knowing about the different types of bears and where they live this is a good story for them.

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Three Bears in a Boat

By: David Soman

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Three Bears in a Boat

Summary: Afraid to face their mother after breaking her beautiful blue seashell, three bears set out on an high seas adventure to try to find a replacement.

Rating: 4 ****

A sweet story about three bear siblings who work together to fix a mistake that each one played a part of.

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A Bed for Bear

By: Clive McFarland

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A Bed for Bear

Summary: While searching for a new place to hibernate, Bernard the bear disrupts the homes of several forest animals.

Rating: 3 ***

Bear explores all of his animal friends’ homes because his own cave is no longer working for him, but he ends up right where he started, seeming to forget that he didn’t like it.

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Bear Alert

By: David Biedrzycki

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Breaking News Bear Alert

Summary: In this story (told in the form of a television broadcast), bears emerge from hibernation demanding to be fed.

Rating: 3 ***

A silly story about two bears who run about town causing mayhem just by their presence. Biedrzycki tells a different story in the illustrations about some people based mayhem that the bears help to solve.

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