Bibliographic Information: Nelson, K. (2014). Baby Bear. New York: Balzer & Bray.

Annotation: Baby Bear is a tale about a young bear that find himself lost and not knowing how to get home. He is then guided by various animals on how to find his way back home.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: Kindergarden-2nd

Readers who will like this book: I think that children who are learning how to comfort themselves in stressful situations or in new environments would enjoy reading this book. Children who are interested in animals would enjoy reading this book as well.

Personal response and rating: 4/5 I think that his book contains beautiful illustrations and is a great example for young children who are learning to comfort themselves in new environments and to trust that they are not alone and to listen to their heart and instincts.

Text dependent questions: What types of animals did Baby Bear encounter on his journey to find his way back home?

Reading strategies:  A reading strategy that teachers can use is Book Talks. Book Talks gets students motivated to read for enjoyment. This book specifically would be great for a book talk because of its beautiful illustrations, it will already be attention grabbing for young readers. Teachers will begin by presenting the book and giving the general information such as the title and author and then give a brief summary of the book without giving away the ending. Students will find themselves excited to read the book as a class or even on their own. Then teacher can read the story out loud.

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