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A Visitor for Bear txt A Visitor for Bear, text ebook A Visitor for Bear, adobe reader A Visitor for Bear, chapter 2 A Visitor for Bear, A Visitor for Bear 8fbc4e Cheery Persistence Wears Down A Curmudgeonly Bear In A Wry Comedy Of Manners That Ends In A Most Unlikely FriendshipBear Is Quite Sure He Doesn T Like Visitors He Even Has A Sign So When A Mouse Taps On His Door One Day, Bear Tells Him To Leave But When Bear Goes To The Cupboard To Get A Bowl, There Is The Mouse Small And Gray And Bright Eyed In This Slapstick Tale That Begs To Be Read Aloud, All Bear Wants Is To Eat His Breakfast In Peace, But The Mouse Who Keeps Popping Up In The Most Unexpected Places Just Won T Go Away


About the Author: Bonny Becker

Bonny Becker is the author of a number of award winning picture books and middle grade novels She lives in Seattle.



10 thoughts on “A Visitor for Bear

  1. says:

    Cute is hard Picture book cute, that is A lot of people might disagree with that, but I m going to make a case here There s a perception out there that if you slap a pair of big brown eyes and a furry tail on something, badda bing Instant adorable Picture books, however, offer the greatest test any author or artist has to face Because cute isn t just a visual state It s reliant on a story that can be touching without becoming candy coated and saccharine It requires a certain level of restraint on both the author and the illustrator s part Cute is hard to do and do well Like I say, anyone can fake it and end up on a line of greeting cards, but very few people can make cute count for something Bonny Becker can With her remarkable A Visitor for Bear, Becker teams with top notch illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton to bring us a book that actually goes on beyond cute into something This is a book that warms the cold cockles of even the grumpiest heart People who cringe at the sight of Bambi and shudder at baby chicks will be instantly charmed by Becker and Denton s tale of a grump that learns that sometimes the right visitor is worth the vexation that comes with giving up your privacy.Bear s pretty good at keeping people away No one ever visits him, and just in case one does he has a big sign in front that reads, NO visitors allowed Just in case Everything is fine and dandy until one day a mouse small and gray and bright eyed knocks on the door Bear says in no uncertain terms that he is not keen on visitors The mouse seems to understand, but when Bear attempts to get out a bowl for himself, there sits the mouse asking for a spot of tea After throwing out the unwanted guest Bear tries to open his bread drawer next, and there again is the mouse To Bear s increasing frustration the mouse is absolutely everywhere, and no amount of stoppering or locking keeps him away At last, Bear consents to having a bit of tea with the miniscule visitor and soon discovers that the mouse is attentive, easily impressed, and laughs at Bear s jokes And when it is time for the mouse to go, Bear finds himself unceremoniously ripping down the NO visitors allowed sign After all, he says, that is a sign for salesmen Not for friends.The book works because in the space of a mere 56 pages it establishes character and personality perfectly In a way, this is a story of two fastidious creatures, one open to new friends and one not It makes perfect sense to me that Bear and the mouse would get along Just look at how they are presented Bear lays out his single cup and single spoon with a delicacy at odds with his sheer mass The mouse, similarly, is taken to speaking in polite, clipped tones Terribly sorry Now you see me now you don t I am gone I imagine him being voiced by Basil Rathbone, perhaps And Bear would be John Houston.My boss read through this book and sighed with relief when he got to the end I was worried that at some point we d see a large group of mice It actually never occurred to me that the mouse might be pulling off his appearances by being of a number greater than one And though that would have been a nice enough idea, it s been done before with frogs, apparently Also, had the Bear discovered twenty or so mice hiding within the crawl spaces, nooks, and crannies of his home, it would have taken away from his slow realization that maybe having someone over for tea isn t so bad Bear s change of heart isn t actually all that fast for a picture book It s only during the course of tea that he comes to see how nice it is to have someone around to laugh at your jokes and listen to your stories I also loved that the mouse brought along his own teacup He must have, since it seems unlikely that Bear would have had a mouse sized cup sitting about is cupboards.And talk about a great readaloud As the bear gets increasingly vexed his words get and delicious Vamoose he says at one point Begone he cries at another This is impossible Intolerable Insufferable And as he says these things Bear s face turns the faintest shade of pink as blue lines almost emanate off of him And what does Bear say when at last he has been outwitted by the mouse s persistence I am undone Picture books that read aloud well are not as common as you might think The advantage to Becker s story is that her characters are so distinct The mouse s mode of speaking is definitely different from Bear s, allowing the reader to give them wonderful voices of their own As for the illustrator s pictures, Kady MacDonald Denton s images telegraph well across a crowded room The size of the book is ideal for large groups of children and though the colors are soft and natural, that is not to say that they don t pop off of the page with aplomb.I guess I d never seen a book illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton before I say this because I think I would remember her style Denton is like the Bob Fosse of children s illustration Characters movements often come down to the most delicate turns of their wrists, or the way their feet stick up in just the right way The mouse is an adorable and delicate fellow He is indeed small and gray and bright eyed but it s really his single minded attentiveness that makes him such a sterling companion Bear, on the other hand, really does feel as if he has weight and bulk His belly sags believably and Denton has been very careful to make his weight fall in such a way that he never looks unbalanced unless, of course, he is flinging himself to the floor on purpose The delicate illustrations are done entirely in watercolor, ink, and gouache, which is rather nice I was particularly taken with the choice of season This is a distinctly autumnal book The trees in the background are changing and there s always a spare leaf floating to the ground in one scene or another It is clear that Denton thought through Becker s story since why else would Bear create a roaring crackling fire in the fireplace unless it was a slightly chilly day outside And the occasional illustrated word really made the book pop At the height of his frustration Bear roars a massive Begone that unlike every other word in the book is actually illustrated It only happens once, but I like seeing an illustrator know how to ratchet up a story s build up and suspense through carefully chosen moments.On the bookflap of this book Ms Becker says of herself, I hesitate to admit how much Bear is in me, but I m grateful for every lovely mouse in my life Everyone has a little bit of Bear in them, I think We ve all had those days when we just want to sit and stew in our own solitary juices When the thought of sharing our space with another human being sounds like way too much work A Visitor for Bear is as much a fabulous picture book as it is a cautionary tale Sometimes it takes a mouse to get us moving Consider A Visitor for Bear a book with classic appeal Ages 3 8.


  2. says:

    So that s how they met I ve read two other books in this series, but never this first one, where Bear meets Mouse.Mouse is certainly persistent All Bear wants to do is have his breakfast in peace He doesn t like people er animals and prefers to do things on his own So when a friendly mouse shows up at his door wanting to have a nice tea with him, Bear does everything he can to get rid of the bothersome guest Eventually, though, he relents and grudgingly makes tea only to find that maybe an attentive friend isn t the worst thing in the world.I don t think this is my favourite book in the series, but it s still pretty strong The illustrations are amusing, as usual While I m not always a fan of Bear and his attitude, I kind of love Mouse He s the sort of friend everyone should have.I m glad I finally got to read this first book and see how the friendship began Quotable moment


  3. says:

    Ahhhh.I dare you NOT to give the mouse a British accent if you read this aloud I just DARE you Go ahead, try It s not possible.This is a lovely book sweet without being sappy or annoying There are also some great opportunities for learning some new vocabulary words VAMOOSE INSUFFERABLE which are easily explained in context Perhaps a bit long, page wise, for preschool storytime, but I m going to try it out with some kids tomorrow and see how it goes Perhaps the story ll hook them enough that they ll not get squirmy.


  4. says:

    This is a wonderful book for reading aloud There are many opportunities for voice inflection Fun The illustrations are very appealing and bear s expressiveness is hilarious at times Bear s house looks so cozy and bear and mouse are both very cute.This new friendship story is very sweet, although in real life I suspect mouse would annoy me my friends know to call or email ahead if they re going to visit, though as I child I enjoyed it when a playmate knocked on the door or rang the doorbell hoping I d want to do something with them A bit of an introvert but enjoying time with friends and making new friends, I identified with bear.


  5. says:

    Bear, having never had a visitor, decides he doesn t like visitors Mouse pops up all over the place as mice tend to do requesting tea, cheese, and a cozy fire A bear with an excellent vocabulary and a mouse who demands a British accent make this a pleasure to read A favorite for it s beautiful illustrations and adorable story.


  6. says:

    The first of four stories to feature this ursine murine duo subsequent titles include A Birthday for Bear , A Bedtime for Bear , and the forthcoming The Sniffles for Bear this charming picture book follows the slightly less than hospitable Bear, who does not want guests under any circumstances , and his dealings with a small and gray and bright eyed mouse visitor who doesn t know how to take a hint Who will win out, in their contest of wills the irritable bear, or the insouciant mouse A Visitor for Bear was an unexpected delight, on my train ride into the city this morning Mouse s antics, in persistently popping up, and Bear s increasingly incredulous frustration, had me giggling The heart warming ending, while perhaps not so surprising, was quite satisfying, and the watercolor, ink and gouache illustrations were just adorable All in all, a sweet little book about an odd couple who wind up friends one I recommend to unhappy little bears and overly persistent mice, as well as to children who like to read about them.


  7. says:

    I read this to the kids during afternoon tea time, and they were so into it they were hardly eating Bear doesn t like visitors, and in fact he has a sign on his door saying No visitors allowed One day as he s about to get his breakfast ready, a mouse knocks on his door Bear tells him to go away, and closes the door in his face But every time he goes to get an item for his breakfast a cup, an egg etc there s the mouse How did he get in No matter how many times Bear keeps throwing the mouse out, he keeps turning up Until Bear gives in, and lets Mouse join him for breakfast They have a wonderful time, and Bear wants the mouse to stay, but the mouse promised he would leave after eating and so he goes Bear practically begs him to stay, and mouse points at his sign Bear tears it up and says, that s for salesmen, not for friends And thus Bear makes his first unlikely friend It s a great story to read aloud, with lots of inflection and intonation and emphasising the different voices, and the pictures are lovely complements and it s fun to try and spot the mouse, hiding in the kitchen.


  8. says:

    Disliked the beginning, loved the end It s the usual story of a curmudgeon s armor being worn away by a persistent and charming soon to be friend However, at first, I just felt the mouse was annoying Who was he to keep ignoring bear s requests to be left alone just because he mouse wanted some food and a play to stay After all, some creatures really do just want some solitude By the end, it is clear that bear was unhappy in his solitude and we may hope insinuate that mouse knew this and had altruistic motives all along Even so, I cannot quite give this one the glowing reviews so many others have, and it s a NY Times Bestseller Maybe I am just too much of a curmudgeon myself


  9. says:

    Adorable tale nominated for a California Young Reader Medal this year I read this book 17 times this week to various classes and loved every reading The students help me rediscover this book in different ways It is a great story about a bear who wants no visitors and a mouse who is persistent in showing up all over the place Finally bear agrees to let mouse stay if mouse promises to leave after some tea During the tea, Bear discovers that he likes mouse s company Finally mouse begins to leave as agreed upon, but Bear wants mouse to stay Mouse points out a sign that says no visitors allowed Bear tears it down saying, That s for salesmen, not for friends Children who have read this enjoy thinking about how mouse continued to get into bears house We have had long discussions on whether there is a hole in a wall or mouse sneaks in just before Bear closes a door The kids also love figuring out mouse s motivation to continuously visit Bear Is he just a homeless mouse in desperate search of a meal or did mouse know that Bear didn t want visitors and came just to show Bear how to be a friend We have also talked about Bear Why did he feel like that about visitors Did he have a bad experience once or has he just been lonely for so long that he put on a stern face and declared himself alone Any book that is able to elicit that much discussion in students is a great read


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