Bear's Scare
by Grant, Jacob

Bear cares about keeping his house clean and tidy almost as much as he cares about his stuffed friend, Ursa, so he is determined to find the spider building messy webs there.

Jacob Grant is the author and illustrator of Scaredy Kate, Little Bird's Bad Word, and his newest book, Cat Knit. He is a winner of the annual Don Freeman Work In-Progress Grant by the SCBWI. Jacob lives in Chicago with his family.
@jacob_germs (Twitter)

Bear is a tidy creature who likes keeping his home just so. Everyday he and his best pal, a plush bear named Ursa, dust, sweep, and straighten together. But one day, something is amiss. Bear discovers a book lying on the floor-certainly not a place he would leave it-and attached to it, a sticky spider web. A quick search reveals more webs, triggering a frantic, furniture-toppling hunt for the many-legged mess maker. The charming charcoal-and-crayon illustrations tell another story, however. As Bear tears through his house, readers espy the adorable arachnid (wearing a button for a beret!) engaged in a number of serene activities, of which Bear would surely approve. Scenes rendered in orange, persimmon, plum, and chocolate zoom in on the spider painting, reading, drinking tea, and even sweeping up Bear's mess, but it's not until Ursa meets with an accident that Bear sees the spider for the caring individual she is. Grant's friendship story will catch readers like flies with its artwork and gentle humor, while encouraging them not to make assumptions about others. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

A house-proud bear is convinced that his house is clean and everything inside is in shipshape condition. He and his dearest friend, Ursa, a tiny stuffed bear, clean the house from top to bottom every day. However, when mysterious webs start appearing all over the house, Bear realizes they have a messy problem. Things go from bad to worse when, in his effort to locate the spider, Bear topples furniture and inadvertently tears off little Ursa's arm. Distraught, he lies on the floor, the wounded bear in his arms, before running to fetch a first aid kit. When he returns, he discovers that the little bear's arm has been neatly reattached with…spider webs! The jaunty little spider (who wears a beret and has been visible to readers all along) now becomes Bear's friend, along with all its webby relatives. The fairly slight story, with its simple message of teaching tolerance, is saved from mundanity by Grant's stylish, charcoal-and-crayon illustrations, digitally colored in an unusual muted palette of peaches and browns. The white webs stand out well in the pictures, and readers will have fun pointing out the spider in illustrations where Bear has not spotted it, as well as all the little spiders larking about. The repetitive, declarative text is ideal for beginning readers. A sweet, feel-good story with plenty of interesting visual detail. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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