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Where the water churns with salmon, thick and rich with leaping fishes, there the brown bear stands and catches the wild king of the river. With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats: Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moonbear, Brown Bear. But Where the water churns with salmon, thick and rich with leaping fishes, there the brown bear stands and catches the wild king of the river. With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats: Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moonbear, Brown Bear. But which is the best bear of all? Your own teddy bear of course!


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Where the water churns with salmon, thick and rich with leaping fishes, there the brown bear stands and catches the wild king of the river. With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats: Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moonbear, Brown Bear. But Where the water churns with salmon, thick and rich with leaping fishes, there the brown bear stands and catches the wild king of the river. With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats: Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moonbear, Brown Bear. But which is the best bear of all? Your own teddy bear of course!

30 review for Something About a Bear

  1. 5 out of 5

    Isobel

    Good to use to introduce children to fronted adverbials

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mumtaz

    Something about a bear is a non-fiction book which tells the tales of 8 bears and their wild habitats. Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moon Bear, Brown Bear. This picture book introduces the distinct characteristics of these bears from around the world with watercolour illustrations. Brief narratives accompanies the pictures and each bear also has a fact file about their hunting range, habitats, coloration, foods and predators. The book also includes an append Something about a bear is a non-fiction book which tells the tales of 8 bears and their wild habitats. Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moon Bear, Brown Bear. This picture book introduces the distinct characteristics of these bears from around the world with watercolour illustrations. Brief narratives accompanies the pictures and each bear also has a fact file about their hunting range, habitats, coloration, foods and predators. The book also includes an appendix with further information about each of the bears. The text is clear, straightforward, and easy for children to understand. The large size paintings depict the bears' size and muscularity, with one picture of a bear to each page. The final spread shows all of them together, enabling children to distinguish among them. The book ends with a surprise “the very best bear of all is…your bear" and shows a real bear holding a teddy, acknowledging the importance of "your bear”. A recommended read aloud for young readers in Reception to KS1. It links with the study of bears in the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. The introductory title "Let me tell you something--something about a bear" can be used in a science classroom to know more about this species.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Nice picture book about several types of bears living in various places throughout the world. Illustrations are nice watercolors. Good information about the bears at the end of the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Coles

    This book is a brilliant combination of 'fictional' story telling form with non-fiction facts running throughout (and a helpful fact file at the end). It is an excellent cross-curricular text, as it offers the opportunity to explore different bears in their different habitats across the world. Not only that, but the water colour illustrations are so beautiful that I think children might enjoy recreating them using different artistic forms/ materials. Overall, what I love most about this book is This book is a brilliant combination of 'fictional' story telling form with non-fiction facts running throughout (and a helpful fact file at the end). It is an excellent cross-curricular text, as it offers the opportunity to explore different bears in their different habitats across the world. Not only that, but the water colour illustrations are so beautiful that I think children might enjoy recreating them using different artistic forms/ materials. Overall, what I love most about this book is its rich and challenging language. Owing to these reasons, I think it is a classroom must-have!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Simple intro to 8 bears, some of whom I have never been aware. Nice exposition, great illustrations, and a nice "Awwww" ending. For the child who wants to see more, there is a great 2-page spread at the end with a picture and more in-depth description of each of the bears in the text, and useful websites. First Line: "Let me tell you something about a bear." Simple intro to 8 bears, some of whom I have never been aware. Nice exposition, great illustrations, and a nice "Awwww" ending. For the child who wants to see more, there is a great 2-page spread at the end with a picture and more in-depth description of each of the bears in the text, and useful websites. First Line: "Let me tell you something about a bear."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    The illos are lovely, I wanted to like this, but the taxonomy is so bad and some of the art betrays a confusion about the science involved. Sometimes the biology degree does get in the way of such things.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Archie Van Dijk

    Enjoyed this book. It is a book I would use with older children (Year 3 +). It is very informative and educational but at the same time is an enjoyable read. The use of language makes the book calming and somewhat soothing. The book has a great use of fronted adverbials too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Gorgeous illustrations.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Mills

    Beautiful book. 2yo loves it. Informative too.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Describes different types of bears in short paragraphs. Spot use for a bear storytime.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Williams

    Non fiction, but beautiful writing about different kinds of bears.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    So richly illustrated and so proper and PBS-y in prose that David Attenborough should be reading it...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dione Basseri

    Best suited for a school unit on bears or any child who is wild over the animals. As a bedtime story, it's nto going to work, and it was obviously never intended as such. I'd advise adult readers to read the blurbs on each bear in the back, as they explain some bits of each bear's page which really aren't gone into, such as the comment that polar bears have black skin. You'll probably have to pause on each page to tell your listeners a bit more about each bear, so set aside some extra time for th Best suited for a school unit on bears or any child who is wild over the animals. As a bedtime story, it's nto going to work, and it was obviously never intended as such. I'd advise adult readers to read the blurbs on each bear in the back, as they explain some bits of each bear's page which really aren't gone into, such as the comment that polar bears have black skin. You'll probably have to pause on each page to tell your listeners a bit more about each bear, so set aside some extra time for this book. The artwork is great, with each image showing a grown bear, its environment, and some cubs. It's all very lifelike, and, in my opinion, better than if they'd used photographs. This way, the pictures show the bears in good focus without anything in the way. Libraries seem to be picking this up a lot, so that's good. Homes need to judge based on your child's reaction, but, again, bear lovers are going to demand this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Lovely watercolor illustrations effectively show the differences among various kinds of bears, from the brown bear to the sun bear. Each bear gets a chance to shine with information provided about its eating habits, habitat, and characteristics. The animals are the stars here, and the author/illustrator has clearly spent a great deal of time observing them. Back matter includes thumbnail sketches of the bears readers encountered earlier in the book. Even the opening pages are inviting and have a Lovely watercolor illustrations effectively show the differences among various kinds of bears, from the brown bear to the sun bear. Each bear gets a chance to shine with information provided about its eating habits, habitat, and characteristics. The animals are the stars here, and the author/illustrator has clearly spent a great deal of time observing them. Back matter includes thumbnail sketches of the bears readers encountered earlier in the book. Even the opening pages are inviting and have a storytelling quality about them: "Let me tell you something--something about a bear" (unpaged). This is an excellent introductory title to include in a science classroom. Readers will surely want to know more about this incredible species.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Marie

    There truly is something about those bears. Something strong and adaptive, something nurturing and kind. In this artistic children's warm and lyrical summary of bears of various kinds, the author and illustrator not only teaches children about bear habits and habitats, but also uses watercolor illustrations to depict both the power of mother nature and the vulnerability of such power as instinctive and defined in light of their natural environments. From loving momma bears to the sacred spirits There truly is something about those bears. Something strong and adaptive, something nurturing and kind. In this artistic children's warm and lyrical summary of bears of various kinds, the author and illustrator not only teaches children about bear habits and habitats, but also uses watercolor illustrations to depict both the power of mother nature and the vulnerability of such power as instinctive and defined in light of their natural environments. From loving momma bears to the sacred spirits of the forest, children will take home the message that nature may be wild, but the love of a mother is felt both in nature and at home.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Holly Mueller

    A gorgeous illustration and literary paragraph accompanies each bear featured in this book. Did you know the Spectacled Bear "sunbathes through the heat of the day" and that white Black Bears are the "rarest, sacred spirits of the forest?" Illustrations capture bears hunting for salmon, cradling cubs, watching out for wild leopards, and swimming through icy waters. Nature lovers will want this book for their libraries! A gorgeous illustration and literary paragraph accompanies each bear featured in this book. Did you know the Spectacled Bear "sunbathes through the heat of the day" and that white Black Bears are the "rarest, sacred spirits of the forest?" Illustrations capture bears hunting for salmon, cradling cubs, watching out for wild leopards, and swimming through icy waters. Nature lovers will want this book for their libraries!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gordon

    Something About a Bear, written and illustrated by Jackie Morris, is in essence an illustrated encyclopedia of numerous species of bears. Each spread of pages provides an amazing illustration and highly descriptive prose for the eight species of wild bears presented. This book opens young readers' eyes to creatures in the natural world, and will be an exciting way to ignite children's love of animals in the wild. Something About a Bear, written and illustrated by Jackie Morris, is in essence an illustrated encyclopedia of numerous species of bears. Each spread of pages provides an amazing illustration and highly descriptive prose for the eight species of wild bears presented. This book opens young readers' eyes to creatures in the natural world, and will be an exciting way to ignite children's love of animals in the wild.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    Sumptuously illustrated with stunning watercolor paintings, Morris describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats: Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacled Bear, Sun Bear, Panda, Moon Bear, and Brown Bear in lyrical text. Includes an appendix with further information about each of the bears.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Beautiful illustrations and a few facts about bears that made my 16-month-old shriek "BEAR!" with utter glee every time we turned the page. Read again, and the illustrations are still breathtaking, but the text is extraordinary. A beautiful read aloud, and I learned a little about all the kinds of bears. Beautiful illustrations and a few facts about bears that made my 16-month-old shriek "BEAR!" with utter glee every time we turned the page. Read again, and the illustrations are still breathtaking, but the text is extraordinary. A beautiful read aloud, and I learned a little about all the kinds of bears.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Jackie Morris' illustrations are lovely, as always. This book is actually nonfiction, but is written in such a lyrical manner that it is rather like poetry. It is not the most comprehensive text imaginable, and I rather think that pandas are not true bears, but then I don't suppose the target age group would be bothered by such small details! More facts are given in an appendix. Jackie Morris' illustrations are lovely, as always. This book is actually nonfiction, but is written in such a lyrical manner that it is rather like poetry. It is not the most comprehensive text imaginable, and I rather think that pandas are not true bears, but then I don't suppose the target age group would be bothered by such small details! More facts are given in an appendix.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    It’s another wonderful bear book! This time, it’s about eight real bears, shown in their habitat in beautiful paintings, and the text tells quite a bit about each, although spare. The surprise is at the end, the best bear of all…

  22. 5 out of 5

    Earl

    Beautiful illustrations done in watercolor. Talks about the eight kinds of bears in the world with additional informational about each one in the back matter. Written in way that even though it's nonfiction, it'll make for a great read aloud. Beautiful illustrations done in watercolor. Talks about the eight kinds of bears in the world with additional informational about each one in the back matter. Written in way that even though it's nonfiction, it'll make for a great read aloud.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Russell

    Nicely illustrated, glad it avoids the obvious pitfall of just showing the most popular bears. Kicking it to the underground, showing off bears such as the spectacled bear and sun bear? This book flaunts some serious indie bear cred.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    A quiet book with gorgeous illustrations demonstrates wonderful non-fiction writing that will charm the reader through a connected series of descriptions. Informative prose combined with an after note with more information about each type of bear teaches the reader.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    This is a beautiful example of fiction and nonfiction blending together.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This book along with a teddy bear would be a great gift (see ending tie in) Wonderful art work Learn about many different bears around the world. no story, per se.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Short explanations of a variety of real bears.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Gelson

    Love the art as always. Just beautiful. Lots of information about various bears but lyrical and gentle.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alyson

    Look at that face on the cover! Loved the illustrations and love that while the book is "serious" book about real bears; it acknowledges the importance of "your bear." Look at that face on the cover! Loved the illustrations and love that while the book is "serious" book about real bears; it acknowledges the importance of "your bear."

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Great book about all kinds of bears. Nice addition to a bear-themed story time for older children. Additional information on back pages.

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