Perfect Picture Book Friday – Bear on a Bike

I’m joining in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site’s Perfect Picture Books to see the other books recommended.

 Bear on a Bike

Author: Stella Blackstone
Illustrator: Debbie Harter
Publisher: Barefoot Books, 1998

Suitable for: Birth to 3 years

Themes: Discovering new places, people, and animals by using different transportation means, a rhyming adventure

Opening Sentences:

Bear on a bike,
As happy as can be,
Where are you going, bear?
Please wait for me!

Synopsis: Bear shows the boy different places the market, forest, beach, island, and castle. They use different transportation vehicles to get to each of the wondrous places.

Activities: The best way to read this book, is with a kid in your lap or right next to you. Various question games you can play such as on question page spread “Where do you think the bear is going?” There is a hint in the pictures. On the answer page spread, ask the child to find various things in the picture for you or do the reverse where you point to a picture and have the child tell you what it is.

Why I Like This Book: I love this book for the rhyming text and the colorful, detailed illustrations. Every two page spreads covers a single place. The first page spread is the question page “Bear on a <bike, boat> .. Where are you going, bear?” The second page spread is the answer page “I’m going to an <island, castle>”. The second page spread is filled with so much detail, you could easily spend several minutes asking your young child to find things. My daughter’s favorite pages where the market and the beach.

This book was a favorite for my older daughter when she was a baby. She loved it so much that I used this book as an incentive to get her to crawl and walk.

Take a look at the page spread below, and fall in love with the book as I have.


9 Comments to “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Bear on a Bike”

  1. Oh, there’s so much to see on these two pages! So full of life and fun, I can feel the attraction for a very young child!. Love the kid diving headfirst into the water!

  2. Looks like my son would like this one. Hmm. And, to use it as a motivation … great tip.

  3. Oh I love Stella Blackstone! We have Bear in a Square, which my son LOVED as a preschooler. Glad you picked this one.

  4. Darshana – this looks like a wonderful and fun read for a little one! Thanks so much for sharing. I can see from the comments that other people are happily familiar with this author, but she’s new to me, so thanks for the introduction! So glad you joined Perfect Picture Books this week 🙂

  5. Looks like a great selection. So much detail that I imagine kids would have fun studying every page. Thanks for introducing me to this one.

  6. This sounds delightful! So much going on in the illustrations, kids could pore over them for ages. And the bonus is, the book is from Barefoot Books. They are special, in my opinion.

  7. The illustrations are so energetic, I know my 3 year old would like it. Thanks for linking up to The Children’s Bookshelf!

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