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Bear Feels Scared    by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman order for
Bear Feels Scared
by Karma Wilson
Order:  USA  Can
Margaret K. McElderry, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

I am a fan of the Bear books by the Wilson/Chapman team. I don't know what I like better: the short, rhythmic dialogue or the soothing yet highly expressive illustrations, though it's probably a combination of the two.

In this romp, Bear is scared because he is lost in the woods while a storm is approaching. His friends are waiting for him in his lair and are equally fearful that something terrible has befallen him. With a display of true friendship, they set out to look for him and of course, happy endings abound.

'With a flap and flurry
all the friends gather near.
They give him bear hugs -
they calm his bear fears.

Later in the night,
all clustered in a heap,
the bear spins stories
while his friends fall asleep.

Cuddled up tight, they snore through the night.
And the bear feels safe.

True to illustrator Chapman's form, the drawings are as cozy as the bear's lair. This book is one that I highly recommend, particularly for the preschool age group.

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