Very Hairy Bear
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All through the year, this shaggy, raggy, rumbly, bumbly bear faces down whatever comes his way: bee stings and scolding squirrels, cold rushing rivers and prickly bushes. And he does it all with a spring in his step and a smile on his face. There’s just one thing he can't abide. Luckily, he knows exactly what to do about it.
Season by season, Alice Schertle and Matt Phelan lead us through a year in the life of a charming, resourceful, and quite hairy bear.
Praise For Very Hairy Bear…
* "Outlined in a thick, curly halo of split ends, a “boulder-big bear with shaggy, raggy, brownbear hair everywhere . . . except on his no-hair nose” bounds happily through a seasonal round in this outdoorsy gambol. Schertle’s patterned language sets up a playful cadence that Phelan captures perfectly in his soft-lined, buttery-yellow pastels. Whether splashing after salmon in spring, fearlessly sticking that no-hair nose into a bee tree in summer, lounging at purple-stained ease amid a patch of blueberry bushes or chowing down on a hoard of acorns as squirrels chatter angrily above, the portly protagonist positively radiates doggy good cheer. Until, that is, winter sets in—then it’s time for a good scratch on a rough tree trunk and a sleepy retreat to a cave where “shaggy, raggy, very hairy bearpaws” can protect that sensitive nose from the cold wind. He’s a bear of rare appeal, and it’s hard to resist the urge to snuggle down next to him." (starred review)
— Kirkus Reviews
HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780152165680, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2007
About the Author
ALICE SCHERTLE is a poet and the author of many well-loved books for children, including the beloved, best-selling Little Blue Truck series,Very Hairy Bear, Button Up!, and All You Need for a Snowman. She lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts.
Matt Phelan's many books include the popular picture book Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle and the innovative graphic novel The Storm in the Barn, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award. He lives in Philadelphia. Visit him online at mattphelan.com.