Not This Bear (Hardcover)

A First Day of School Story

By Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Lorna Hussey (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805098969, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 23, 2015

List Price: 16.99*
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It's Bear's first day of school, and he's a bit reluctant to go. Mama says all bears love school; Bear isn't so sure.

But school turns out to be full of fun—painting pictures, listening to stories, and making new friends.

Maybe this bear will like school after all.

About the Author

Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the author of the ever-popular books about Biscuit as well as Katy Duck and many other wonderful stories. A former dancer, Ms. Capucilli lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York with her family.

Lorna Hussey is the creator of Rabbit's Winter Walk and Little Lost Unicorn. She currently lives in Great Britain with her two horses, three dogs, four chickens, one rooster, three children, and one husband.

Praise For Not This Bear: A First Day of School Story

“When given the space and time he needs to acclimate, a young bear learns to love all the new things about school....A reassuring book to share with just about any set-in-his-ways child.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Capucilli and Hussey create a comforting atmosphere for Bear to acclimate to, and his approach to his first day may be an asset for readers who also need time to warm up to new experiences.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Capucilli's "Biscuit" series will find the same sweetness in this read-aloud offering. Hussey's watercolors portray the fuzzy little bears with endearing expressiveness and cozy charm... The purposeful story is a just-right blend of repetition and gentle humor to comfort reluctant new preschoolers.” —School Library Journal