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Title:
Are you there, Baby Bear?
Author:
Walters, Catherine, 1965-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
While waiting for the family's new baby, a young bear cub approaches different animals looking for his new brother or sister.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 33078.
ISBN:
9780525461616
Format :
Book

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While waiting for the family's new baby, Alfie approaches different animals looking for his new brother or sister.


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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Endearing illustrations make this tale, reminiscent of Eastman's Are You My Mother?, a winner for families expecting new babies--especially twins. Alfie asks every day when the new baby will arrive, to which his mother replies "It will come when it's ready." Yet as winter approaches, Alfie grows worried that the baby has become lost in the snow. He sets out to look for it, encountering other animals, each of which looks like a potential new brother or sister upon first glance. Alfie asks, but a bison, bear, and mountain lion disappoint him by saying no. Alfie grows dejected, only to be scooped up just then by his father, who takes him to the cave where his mother awaits with twins--a brother and a sister. No real surprises here, but its repetition and predictability will reassure youngsters, and books about families having twins are few. Kids will enjoy the artful pictures that are both childlike and adeptly executed, with patch of fur, feathered wing, or blade of grass clearly delineated. --Donna Beales


Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This sweet new-baby story concerns a family of bears. Alfie, who some readers may remember from Walters's When Will It Be Spring? (Dutton, 1998), is impatient for his brother or sister to arrive, but Mother says, "The new baby will come when it's ready." After a while, the cub decides that it must have lost its way in the snow and sets out to look for it. He keeps asking dark, fuzzy creatures if they are his new sibling, but one by one they are discovered to be a beaver, bison, and mountain lion. As the long day is ending, Father Bear finds Alfie in the woods and carries him home to meet his new brother and sister. The illustrations are realistic with unnaturally bright colors. It is difficult to imagine that these animals all populate the pond-mountain-forest area, and there are flowers (trilliums, even!) growing in the snow. Nevertheless, the pictures reflect the gentle charm of the story and Alfie's adventure has a warm, satisfying ending.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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