Bear seems to have forgotten that he's a bear so he tries being some other animals whilst he works things out. But he's too big for a nest and can't fly, he has no antlers and hates eating grass and he is unable to prance or climb high in the trees... so what's a bear to do? Have a sleep and wake up knowing just who he is.
I have a lot in common with Bear! Easily confused, forgetful, but keen to try new things! Bear, however, is completely endearing as he tries to find his place in the world. The text is a joy to read, with lots of repetition, perfect for joining in with, making the story sure to become a firm favourite in class and at home.
The illustrations are gorgeous! Bear is full of personality as he travels through autumn and into winter, trying to work out what he is, his little face showing hope and disappointment at each new challenge. Bear's simple form is sure to inspire children to create their own characters and they could suggest other creatures he might think he is and write rhyming couplets about this.
A Bear is a Bear (except when he's not) Karl Newson, illustrated by Anuska Allepuz
Nosy Crow ISBN: 978-1788000994