Bear Is a Bear

by Jonathan Stutzman

On Sale: 09/14/2021

Bear Is a Bear

by Jonathan Stutzman

illustrated by Dan Santat

On Sale: 09/14/2021


About the Book

A gorgeous, classic gift book about the enduring love between a little girl and her childhood friend, Bear, from popular author Jonathan Stutzman and Caldecott Medal–winning and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Dan Santat.

Bear is . . . a new friend, a fellow mischief-maker, a protector, and a dreamer.

Through all the many ups and downs of a little girl’s childhood, Bear is there to provide love and support. Until it is time to say goodbye . . . and hello again.

Bear Is a Bear is a tender and surprising tribute to the beloved companions of our childhoods.

This sumptuously illustrated, oversized picture book is the perfect gift for baby showers, birthdays, and the holidays. Parents who grew up on classic stories like The Velveteen Rabbit and Corduroy will love this new spin on a teddy bear seemingly come to life.

Snuggle up for story time with your new favorite read-aloud, Bear Is a Bear!

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Critical Praise

“This has the vintage sweetness of The Velveteen Rabbit and the contemporary heart of Toy Story, and it would make a gentle read in a teddy bear storytime or as a gift—accompanied, of course, by a stuffie for the recipient. ” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“In this ode to the timelessness of cherished playthings, a toy bear accompanies a child through myriad experiences…. Will have adults and young readers alike reflecting on the indispensable natures of their own favorite stuffies.” - Kirkus Reviews

Praise for THE NIGHT IS FOR DARKNESS: “A beautiful bedtime story with a lilting text to lull little ones to sleep.” - School Library Journal

“Lovely lilting language [and] soothing reassurances render the night magical and moving home an adventure in this sweetheart of a bedtime tale.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Stutzman’s rhyming tribute to the magic of nighttime… feel[s] like a lullaby, delivering a hypnotic effect that will engage young readers while lulling them to sleep.” - ALA Booklist

“This offering is couched in reassurance and comfort.” - Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062880512
  • ISBN 10: 0062880519
  • Imprint: Balzer + Bray
  • On Sale: 09/14/2021
  • Pages: 48
  • List Price:23.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Bears
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Toys, Dolls & Puppets
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play

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