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Bear's New Friend

Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jane Chapman
Published by Simon & Schuster
4.25 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.2 / 5.0
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What's This Book About

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Eager to play in the fall leaves, Bear heads out to find his friend, Mouse, but is startled by clatter in a tree. Determined to find out who is making all the noise, Bear goes on a short journey, picking up all of his friends on the way, until he discovers a quite bashful owl whom he declares their NEW FRIEND!

What Kind of Book is Bear's New Friend

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B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
4.5 / 7.0

I like that this book talks about shyness and making friends, and it goes through a few different animals throughout the story. Overall, the storyline just was ok to me.

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.0 / 7.0

The Bear books are quite popular, and even though both the rhyme scheme and illustrations are great, the combination of it feeling way too long for a board book and the huge amount of repetition make this one is just a little painful for me to read out loud.

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Who Wrote Bear's New Friend

Karma Wilson

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books, including the Bear Books series, Where Is Home, Little Pip?, and A Dog Named Doug. Karma lives in Montana. (Bio via

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Who Illustrated Bear's New Friend

Jane Chapman

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at (Bio via

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July 7, 2009
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