Record Details

Catalog Search

Baby Bear's chairs / written by Jane Yolen ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

Yolen, Jane. (Author).
Book Book (c2005.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2005.
5 of 5 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 5 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Beverly Farms Children's Picture Books Child Picture Book YOL (Text to Phone) Available -
Danvers Children's Picture Books JJ / Yolen (Text to Phone) Available -
Marblehead Children's Picturebook J EASY YOLEN (Text to Phone) Available -
Swampscott Children's Room Picture Books jP Yolen (Text to Phone) Available -
Wakefield Children's Picture Books Children's Picture Book Yo (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 0152051147
General Note: "Gulliver books."
Summary: Baby Bear's favorite "chair" is his father's chest or lap, just before his father puts him to bed.
Target Audience: 002-005.
Authors: Sweet, Melissa, 1956- (ill.).
Citation: Yolen, Jane. "Baby Bear's chairs." Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2005.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2005 December #1
    PreS. Yolen has extended and amended her poem "Bears' Chairs" from The Three Bears Rhyme Book (1987) to create the text of this appealing picture book. "Some bears sit / in great big chairs, / great big chairs / for great big bears," it begins. Not only is the sound of the verse satisfying, the tone is also pleasing, with well-chosen words expressing a small child's--OK, a small bear's--point of view. And that tone is reflected in the artwork, too. Fresh and bright, the large-scale pictures combine pencil, paint, and collage elements to illustrate the everyday activities of a likable little bear family at home while including a few fun-to-notice details. As an antidote to the many saccharine picture books composed of sweet, drippy lines repeatedly reaffirming parental affection, this one offers a pleasing story in which love for children--or cubs--is simply an integral part of daily life. A great choice for reading aloud. ((Reviewed December 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2005 December #3

    To a tiny bear, it seems like the world is made for the "great big bears"--like his parents--who survey their domain from "great big chairs." The cub's older brother has it pretty good, too. No high chairs "with straps so/ tiny bears don't fall" for those of his brother's ilk: "middling bears" get to sit in "middling chairs," big enough to serve as pretend pirate ships (and if those middling bears take a tumble from the mast, they get right up again and "never cry"). But while tiny bears may get bossed around a lot and have yet to prepare for that rough-and-tumble life, they do have one advantage: they can "cuddle up/ to take a nap/ upon the chair/ that's Papa's lap." Yolen's (Soft House , reviewed below) empathetic rhyming text infuses the classic preschooler's complaint with touching eloquence; as always, she connects with young readers without pandering to them. Sweet (Carmine: A Little More Red ) makes an ideal visual partner. Her mixed-media illustrations exude a sunny open-heartedness; the slightly naïf style opts for emotional authenticity over realism, but Sweet also includes plenty of domestic details to create a bear household that is both a loving one and also a great setting for a play date. Above all, the pictures assure youngsters that no matter how they may rail against the injustices of being small, there are still many benefits. Ages 2-5. (Oct.)

    [Page 62]. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Additional Resources