What You Need to Know:|
• A Visitor for Bear is one of the best picture books to come along in a while.
• It is a well-written, laugh out loud romp of a story.
• The illustrations are equally as gorgeous as the language.
• This is a wonderful read-aloud for your younger readers.
• This book is a positive example of the mechanics of how to start of a friendship for young children, highlighting the
growth that takes place for bear when he realizes how to be a friend and that enjoying the company of others is
actually a very good thing.
• The adult reader will enjoy this entertaining story as much as the young reader.
When you combine a reclusive bear and a persistent mouse, the end result is this very delightful picture book. Bear enjoys the company of one, until Mouse shows up and won't go away. When Mouse knocks on the front door, Bear politely refers to the sign on the front door that clearly states, "No Visitors Allowed." This, however, does not deter Mouse. When Bear goes back to the business of making breakfast after the initial interruption, Mouse pops out of the cupboard and asks Bear,"..for a spot of tea?". Bear promptly shows him the door.
Things go on amusingly like this for a while, until Bear finally gives up trying to rid himself of Mouse. Bear declares, "I give up...You win. I am undone." Bear agrees to a small visit of tea, cheese and a fire. But then Mouse must go. The visit goes swimmingly. This turn of events causes Bear to comes to his senses and realize how nice it is to have a visitor. The sign comes down and a beautiful friendship is born.
Kady MacDonald Denton
2008, 56 pages
Friendship, Animals, Excellent Read-Aloud, Exquisite Illustrations, Extraordinary Language