Glad, Glad Bear! (Bear's Feelings)
Glad, Glad Bear! (Bear's Feelings)
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Glad, Glad Bear! (Bear's Feelings)

Written and illustrated by Kimberly Gee
Published by Beach Lane Books
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A straightforward, short, and simple story of a bear in his tutu braving dance class.

In this companion to Gee’s earlier and well-esteemed title, Mad, Mad Bear!, this time Bear is glad—glad to have new leggings, slippers, and a tutu, because today is his first day of dance class. He’s very excited to put on his dance clothes and head out the door, but once he sees inside the dance studio’s window, he starts to feel a little nervous, shy, and afraid—though the reason for these feelings is left up to interpretation. As he’s feeling nervous, the music starts, and bear starts to feel “light,” “bubbly,” and “twirly.” His love of dancing makes him feel comfortable, and he ends the class feeling very glad he went. With the simple and straightforward storyline, unadorned and average illustrations, and little amount of text (many pages only contain one word), this book would either be better suited in a board book format or with a supplemented storyline. Bear’s happily sporting his tutu is perhaps the only noteworthy aspect of the rather unremarkable story of a timid bear facing his fears, placing this book lower in the ranks in the genre of books challenging gender stereotypes.

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  • Bear feels nervous, scared, and shy about joining dance class, but when it's over, he's glad he went. When have you been nervous about something but have been happy you had the courage to do it?
  • Dancing makes bear feel happy and light. Do you like dancing? What activities make you feel happy?


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Book Details

Publication Date
February 18, 2020
Text Details
The text for this book was set in Supernett.
Illustration Details
The illustrations for this book were rendered in black Prismacolor and colored digitally.
Page Count
Reading Age
0 - 8 years

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