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The Valentine Bears
Contributor(s): Bunting, Eve, Brett, Jan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0544531000     ISBN-13: 9780544531000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    OUR PRICE: $8.10  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: December 2016
Annotation: Having never celebrated Valentine's Day with Mr. Bear because of their hibernation schedule, a diligent Mrs. Bear wakes up early to make a festive sign, write a romantic poem and unearth a carefully stored pot of honey before receiving a surprise herself. By the author of the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night. 30,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bears; Fiction.
Valentine's Day; Fiction.
Hibernation; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Valentine's Day
- Juvenile Fiction | Love & Romance
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2016054933
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Holiday Classics
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.56 lbs) 30 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 10495
Reading Level: 2.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring)
Determined to celebrate Valentine's Day, Mrs. Bear sets "her alarm for February 14" and gets busy making valentines, retrieving treats, and trying to rouse hibernating Mr. Bear. The gentle story's surprise ending emphasizes the affection between the couple. Set against snow-white pages (sans what would become her trademark), Brett's detailed line drawings are enhanced with bursts of red and honey-brown. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 January)
PreS-Gr 2-Eve Bunting's tender Valentine tale (Clarion, 1983) is nicely presented in this well-done book/tape combination. Mrs. Bear has a surprise in store for Mr. Bear. She's gotten up during hibernation just so they can celebrate a special Valentine's Day. Her preparations show the love she has for Mr. Bear. Mr. Bear, as it turns out, has some surprises of his own. Together they share a special day before once again settling down for a long sleep. The female narrator reads the gently humorous story well, creating individual voices for both of the Bears. Light background music changes to accent story action, enhancing the words. Some minor sound effects are also included. This is a nice presentation that would make a good listening center, and not just in February.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.