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Old Bear's surprise painting
Hissey, Jane.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
The toy animals join together to make a painting and each contributes his own pattern.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 55689.
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When Old Bear's friends do a sloppy job with their paints, leave it to him to turn their messy mistakes into an all together surprise masterpiece. Illustrations.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Books about Old Bear have been delighting children since 1986, and this one will enchant them, too. Old Bear has painted a picture that fits nicely into its frame. There's another, larger frame available, and each of the other stuffed animals wants to paint a picture to fit it. Old Bear suggests the animals work together, but they decline. The rabbit paints wavy stripes; the giraffe dribbles dots; Duck accidentally gets puddles on his painting. No one is very happy, but Old Bear has an idea: slices from each picture combine to make a handsome painting of a ship sailing on a rolling sea. The story is slight, but the ending makes for a nice twist. As with previous books, this is a pleasure to look at. Hissey's stuffed-animal characters, cavorting with childlike earnestness against expanses of white, are a nice mix of photographic clarity and huggability. Their situation and need, in the end, for a father figure to straighten things out will seem familiar to the intended audience. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Inspired by their elder's artwork, Little Bear and friends want to paint pictures, too, but when they can't decide on a subject, they agree to paint patterns instead in Old Bear's Surprise Painting by Jane Hissey. Fifteen years after the appearance of Old Bear, the titular teddy comes to the rescue when he combines his friends' efforts into an "all-together painting." ( Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Old Bear and his friends are back to introduce colors, patterns, and teamwork. Inspired by their old friend's painting of Little Bear, all of the stuffed animals insist on creating a unique pattern in paints, but their creative endeavors don't turn out as they had hoped. Waves, stripes, blobs, and dots decorate both canvases and characters. Sympathetic to the artistic disappointment of his pals, Old Bear surprises the assembly by using pieces of all their works to create a merry collage sailboat. The group effort offers opportunity to review which critter contributed which colors and shapes. Hissey combines endearing creatures with constructive learning in this short story.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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