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You're a bear
Jukes, Mavis.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 26 cm
A young girl pretends she is a bear roaming through the night.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 75240.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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You're a gruff bear with fleas. A grump with a hump between your shoulders. So begins Mavis Jukes's playful story of a young girl who wanders the house, imagining herself as a bear with lots to do: sniff for owl in the skies, go for a dip, and finally lumber to a hidden lair for slumber. Gorgeously illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, this is a sublime picture book about imagination with lush language that begs to be read aloud.

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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Newbery Honor author Jukes celebrates the power of imaginative play in this delightful story of a young girl who entertains herself before going to bed by pretending to be a bear. Under a furry coat, the girl prowls through the house, hunting for food and fishing in the bathtub, at last drifting off to sleep holding her stuffed bear. The spreads feature an image of a real bear on left-hand pages, accompanied by rich, rhyming text. On the right, full bleeds show the girl imitating bear movements while her affectionate brother and parents look on. Children will enjoy immersing themselves in this play world while listening to words that conjure up bears: Wish for fish. Stand in the sand / by a stream. / In a pool you'll see reflection of your drool. / You'll see floppy lips--and underneath, / scary teeth that gleam and glimmer. Johnson and Fancher, known for their work in Mary Pope Osborne's New York's Bravest (2002), use a soft, rich palette to capture the complete focus of a child using familiar objects to create a fanciful evening of play. --Louise Brueggeman Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-This oddball fantasy juxtaposes the activities of a bear cub in the wild with those of a girl in an oversized hooded jacket pretending to be a bear amid a loving family in a cozy home. Jukes's lush language and frequent rhymes in a spare, poetic form depict a real animal's evening prowl with lines such as "You're a gruff bear, with fleas-" who will "Thrash a clump of shrubs for berries," "Wish for fish," and "dip and drink. And dunk your snout./Shake those hairy hips to spook the trout!" eventually to "Lumber to your hidden lair to slumber." The corresponding pictures show the sweet-faced child at play, in the bath, and snuggling down for the night. While preschoolers may enjoy these depictions of bear-play, they may get lost in the text. The drawings are distinctive and the narrative is lyrical; the disconnect comes with putting the disparate elements together.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.