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Who has time for Little Bear?
Scheffler, Ursel.
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Uniform Title:
Wer hat Zeit für kleinen Bären? English
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1998.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
A little bear whose parents are too busy to play with him finds a friend in another little bear with the same problem.
General Note:
"Originally published in Germany by Ravensburger Buchverlag"--Copyr. p.
Reading Level:
AD 220 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 34501.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 2 Quiz: 23683 Guided reading level: K.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Oversize
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Little Bear has a new sister. Now he's not the baby anymore. There's no room on Mama Bear's lap when she's holding Sister Bear. And Sister Bear's clumsy paws knock over Little Bear's toys. A baby sister is really no fun at all! Little Bear discovers the pains and the pleasures of being an older sibling in this funny, warmhearted look at the tough job of adjusting to a new baby in the family.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Papa Bear and Mama Bear are too busy building a new house to play with their cub. So Little Bear wanders off in search of someone who will have time for fun. On his journey through the forest, he meets a woodpecker, a squirrel, and a mole, all of whom are preoccupied. But Little Bear believes there is someone with time to spare, and to his surprise and delight, he finds another little bear. Together, over a roasting fire, they share a fish dinner and similar stories. Featuring oversize, whimsical watercolors touched with sweetness and whimsy, this book about friendship offers a cozy, safe, and nonthreatening world in which friends exist only for each other. --Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

An unusually warm palette heats up the cozy forest setting for what is otherwise a predictable tale. Spring has arrived, and Mama and Papa Bear get busy building a log cabin. But Little Bear is too small to help, and Mama and Papa have no time for him‘not even when he builds a miniature house of twigs. "Somewhere there must be someone with time for me," he thinks unhappily as he runs off into the woods. After several false attempts, Little Bear finally finds another bear cub to befriend (his parents, incidentally, never notice that he is gone). The German author's text offers kids a familiar solution to a common problem, but the story somehow misses the point that even young children can help out‘if only in small ways. Wensell's (They Followed a Bright Star) golden-hued art is the magnet here‘his combinations of colors and consciously cute animals give each spread a happy, reassuring glow. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-When Mama and Papa Bear build a log cabin to replace their damp den, they are too busy to admire Little Bear's independent construction project. He wanders through the woods in search of someone to appreciate his work but is rebuffed by a busy woodpecker, squirrel, and mole. Finally, he encounters another little bear, and the two of them decide to be friends since they willingly make time for one another. When he returns home with his new playmate, it's obvious the older bears haven't even noticed their son's absence. The cubs are particularly appealing, and the full-color illustrations have an attractive, inviting quality. However, Scheffler's intent seems unclear. Is she advising youngsters to leave home in search of an appreciative audience, or is she trying to warn overly busy adults against child neglect? Parents that preoccupied probably won't take the time to read this story anyway.-Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.