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My friend Bear
Alborough, Jez.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Eddie and his teddy bear meet a very big bear in the woods, and Eddie and the big bear become good friends.
Reading Level:
370 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 27502.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 08089 Guided reading level: K.

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Newstead Library X Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Elma Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Kenmore Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Orchard Park Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Anna M. Reinstein Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
West Seneca Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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"The picture book crowd is often spellbound by stories of lost teddy bears, and this delightful book is just such a tale."--BOOKLIST Yikes! Eddie's in for the surprise of his life when he discovers that his teddy bear has grown much too big to cuddle! But there's fun in store when Eddie meets up with a real bear who has just the opposite problem. Could it be a case of mistaken identity? This fast-paced comedy of errors, illustrated with Jez Alborough's quirky artwork, is guaranteed to have children--and bears alike--looking very closely at their teddies!

Author Notes

Jez Alborough was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey in 1959. After secondary school, Jez went to Art School in Norwich. After college, he spent two years as an editorial illustration freelancer, before he started writing and illustrating his own children's books. In 1984 his first book, Bare Bear, was published and in 1985 Jez was runner-up in The Mother Goose Award for this book. He has now written and illustrated over thirty books for children

Alborough and 500 schoolchildren in London embraced each other for fifteen seconds in a giant "hugathon," raising nearly six thousand dollars for charity and earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in celebration of the publication of his book Hug.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. In a welcome sequel to Alborough's popular Where's My Teddy? (1992) and It's the Bear! (1994), this large-format picture book reunites little Eddie with his enormous bear pal. Here, Eddie finds the bear's huge teddy in the forest and hides behind it when he hears the bear approaching. Crying because he has no friends but a teddy bear who can't talk, the bear is startled to hear a voice coming from his teddy. After a few pages of amusing double-talk, Eddie confesses that he, not the teddy bear, has been speaking. Eddie and the bear spend a day together acting silly, laughing, and becoming friends. Young children will find plenty to like in this straightforward story about loneliness and friendship. The large-scale artwork, created with watercolor, crayon, and pencil, dramatizes every emotion suggested in the rhymed verses. Perfect for story times, here's a winning addition to a child-pleasing series. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like its predecessors Where's My Teddy? and It's the Bear!, this large-size book about Eddie and his teddy bear, Freddie, will endear itself to pint-size preschoolers. When Eddie wishes for a friend to talk to, he and Freddie encounter the forest bear's huge, golden teddy bear, followed shortly by the enormous, brown bear himself. "Oh, teddy [says the bear, whimpering], what can I do?/ I've got no friends, apart from you." Eddie, hiding behind the bear's teddy, "speaks" for the teddy and laughs when the bear falls for his ventriloquism. Soon, Eddie and the forest bear are giggling together, providing the voices for their teddies and making plans to play together again. "Do you think that they're lonely?/ Not anymore..../ That's what having friends is for." The plot and the message are pat and the illustrations can be repetitious‘nonetheless, what prevails is the author's expert understanding of just what preschoolers find amusing. For example, at the moment of confrontation, as Eddie and the forest bear stare at each other, clinging desperately to their teddies, the bear stands like a pigeon-toed toddler sucking on his huge thumb. Young readers will laugh when the bear believes his teddy is actually talking, partly because they will delight in their own superior knowledge but also because the bruin is plainly "such a great big silly bear!" Ages 3-7. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-A heartwarming tale about the beginning of a special friendship. As Eddie, a lonely boy, wanders through the woods clutching his teddy bear, Freddie, he sees a large teddy that belongs to a bear that lives nearby. When he hears the huge animal approaching, Eddie hides behind the stuffed toy and pretends that it can talk. The excited bear enthusiastically grabs his teddy in his arms and discovers Eddie. The frightened boy breaks the tension by beginning to chuckle and soon they are laughing together. A wonderful read-aloud, this story will delight children, who will chime in with the rhyming words. Alborough's gentle watercolors portray the characters' feelings through both body language and facial expressions. Youngsters will love the illustration of the huge bear clutching his teddy with his thumb stuck in his mouth. This third story about Eddie and Freddie is a must-have for teddy-bear cuddlers.-Kit Vaughan, J. B. Watkins Elementary School, Midlothian, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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