A Bear's Year

A Bear s Year In this gorgeous lyrical celebration about the passing of seasons readers will follow a mother bear and her cubs through the course of a year Deep in her den under a snowflake blanket Mama snuggles

  • Title: A Bear's Year
  • Author: Kathy Duval
  • ISBN: 9780385370110
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this gorgeous, lyrical celebration about the passing of seasons, readers will follow a mother bear and her cubs through the course of a year Deep in her den under a snowflake blanket, Mama snuggles her newborn babies When spring arrives, the bears awaken and emerge from their lair, and as the weather warms to summer, Mama teaches her young ones to fish, gather berrIn this gorgeous, lyrical celebration about the passing of seasons, readers will follow a mother bear and her cubs through the course of a year Deep in her den under a snowflake blanket, Mama snuggles her newborn babies When spring arrives, the bears awaken and emerge from their lair, and as the weather warms to summer, Mama teaches her young ones to fish, gather berries, and dig for roots Then, in fall, the leaves turn gold, food grows scarce, and the family prepares for hibernation and the coming winter With spare, accessible text and charming illustrations, here is a sweet, gentle introduction to how bears experience the changing seasons, perfect for the youngest readers and listeners.

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    1. A short, rhyming story about the seasons that bears go through, from the liberation period of winter to the new frolicking of a fresh springtime and through the lazy summer months that lead to the fattening-up period of the autumn. With two small cubs, Momma must show them the ropes before preparing to nestle down for the winter again, ready to sleep through the most difficult month of all. Neo likes bears and so when he was able to have this story read to him, he was well pleased. With the rece [...]

    2. For three days our meteorologists have continued to issue winter weather advisories. The snow comes and goes almost as if some giants are engaged in synchronized breathing. As they inhale the clouds clear so patches of blue sky appear above the mountain peaks. Heavy snowfall obscures everything except for my immediate neighbors' homes, yards and the nearby fifty foot ponderosa and tamarack pines, signifying they have decided to exhale.This evening as another frequent squall brought in a thick cu [...]

    3. Seasons come, and seasons go, and a mother bear has to show her cubs what to do during each of those periods. Rhyming text accompanies the bears on their exploration of the wide world until they must head into their den for the winter. Lovely illustrations, which were drawn, screen printed, and then pieced together digitally, fill the book's pages, and make it hard for readers--or bear cubs--to decide which season they like best. Not only does the world around them change, but as the illustratio [...]

    4. A rhyming narrative that chronicles the lives of a mama bear and her two cubs through four seasons. The soothing rhythm and large, soft illustrations make this an informative preschool picture book as well as a comforting bedtime story.

    5. Written in verse, the story takes the reader through the year with pages filled of one bear and her cubs. Simple pictures and text make this for younger readers and could be a mentor text for telling a story that includes the arc of a year in any life, animal or human.

    6. SummaryThis lovely book takes the readers/listeners on a journey through the four seasons. Through great illustrations and text, students can picture what each season might look like from a different perspective than their own. Themes of growth and independence also make the text, relatable to growing children. They will be able to identify similarities of their own process of growing up.ActivityKindergarten/1st GradeEach student will draw a picture and write a sentence about something they do d [...]

    7. Short rhyming text accompanies illustrations made from a combination of drawing and screen printing to create a charming explanation of how bears experience the seasons. Beginning with a mother bear and her two cubs sleeping in their winter den, the book carries us through the year as the cubs grow and learn. For very young readers this is simple nonfiction, but they may not realize they are learning as they enjoy the pictures and the rhymes. Early elementary school students might try to emulate [...]

    8. A short, sweet, tale of a mama bear and a year with her cubs.The cover is lovely and to the point. It draws you in pretty much to where the story begins. And despite the cool colors of winter, it feels warming in its way. This feels more like an illustrated poem than most picture books do for me. And in a way, felt very haiku like without actually fitting in the standard style. But the elements are there, with vivid imagery of nature, and simple but lovely turn of phrases, still telling a story [...]

    9. A Bear's Year is about a mother bear and her two cubs. It starts off with the mother and her cubs walking up from their winter hibernation. Through a book long poem the bears go through their seasonal lives. The bears wander through the woods eating the foods that are in season such as berries, grubs, fish and honey. As the seasons change and its starts to get colder the bears prepare for the winter getting fat and growing thicker fur. Winter comes the bears snuggle in for their winter hibernati [...]

    10. This is a gorgeous nonfiction picture book that let's the reader look at a year in the life of a bear. Told in rhyming text, we start the book as the bear starts to sleep for the winter, cuddling her newborn cubs. Next comes spring as the bears awaken and explore the world. The cubs have so much to learn over the summer. In the fall it's time to dig a new den and get ready for another winter. The illustrations, drawings and screen printing, were pieced together digitally. Maybe it's because I've [...]

    11. Kathy Duval’s picture book A Bear’s Year (Illustrated by Gerry Turley) is a delight, but it is more than that. Targeted to children aged 3-7, the book is a life lesson. Not only will children learn about the life cycle of the brown bear, but they will learn of the changing seasons. These lessons are packaged in engaging rhyme. Added to this enchantment are Turley’s perfectly charming illustrations. He has created beautiful, almost childlike, paintings to go with Duval’s verse. Children w [...]

    12. I have a new book for my storytime collection! Over the years, I've really come to appreciate authors and illustrators that know the art of simple, yet evocative. The younger the child, the less busy a book should be, and this is doubly true in a read-a-loud situation.Bear's year spans a year, but does it with a small menu of words and very precise and simple illustrations. This makes it a book that you could read to babies or pre-schoolers.

    13. This charming picturebook follows the hibernation cycle of bear cubs through the year in calming rhymed verse.The illustrations are gorgeously rendered in pencil and screen printing and I particularly appreciate the bee swarms and flowers. Overall, Turley's illustrations really make this picturebook, unfortunately the verse is lackluster. It is skillfully written, but just does not stand out among other picturebooks.

    14. A simple book recounting a year in the life of a bear and her cubs. The text rhymes, which adds a lyrical quality and supports phonemic awareness to boot. The book is ideal for younger children, as it is not too text heavy and there is very little narrative (it is more akin to a poem than a story). The illustration style is interesting, but not arresting.

    15. This is the story of a bear’s year told through rhyming text and lively illustrations. Mama bear is showing her cubs the art of survival in this endearing picture book. This would be a great addition for anyone looking for books on the life cycle of a bear told in simple terms. I would recommend this for any collection.

    16. The topic, focus and format is a bit familiar making it less distinguishable from similar books, but this book of seasonal change through the life of a bear family is beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written in verse. Young children can read and acquire information about seasons and bears if that is a desired outcome.

    17. After a long winter’s sleep, Mama Bear wakes up with her cubs in the spring. All year long, the cubs learn everything Mama Bear teaches them about survival in the woods. Then comes the next winter and they all go back to their cave for another winter’s hibernation.julianaleewriter/books-ali

    18. Gorgeous illustrations and peaceful ambiance but the rhythm feels off in several places. Storytime nitpick: one particularly awkward stanza stands out ("First snow falls./ Bears stay warm,/ nestled close/ in Earth's safe arms"). It's tricky to say aloud and doesn't really rhyme (though maybe it does for Texan author?).

    19. A beautifully illustrated tale about the yearly life of bear's, including how cubs grow and learn such things as catching fish and foraging from their mother. Using succinct text, Duval communicates the essentials for young children while Turley's illustrations will enchant listeners. Highly recommended.

    20. This book reminded me of Karma Wilson's "Bear Snores On", but in a more serious and realistic depiction of family of bears growing and enjoying the different seasons. The digitally pieced drawn and screen printed illustrations beautifully complement the gently rhyming text. Probably would be good as a read aloud on bears or seasons, but definitely good for a one-on-one lapsit read.

    21. I love books that focus on the seasons. And this one is just perfect. The fun details of the other animals pictured are very fun. This will not teach children anything about the seasons, but it just might give them a little joy in the seasons.

    22. This is a wonderful blend of rhyming text that tells of the life cycle of a bear illustrated with lovely scenes in the forest. Would make a great story time read. Overall there was a peaceful quality to the experience of reading it.

    23. Readers watch the activities of a bear family throughout the four seasons.Illustrations were drawn and screen printed and then pieced together digitally. Text is poetic and would make for a nice read aloud with PreK-2.

    24. I liked this book, but it's definitely not a favorite.The cute illustrations are saving the book, in my opinion.The story's somewhat benign and forgettable. It has nothing to pull you in to keep reading over and over, and that's an important attribute for a children's book.

    25. Short, simple, charming story about the passing of seasons, following a mother bear and her cubs through the course of a year.

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