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New Bear at School (2007)

by Carrie Weston

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Elementary
  SteppLibrary | Mar 5, 2017 |
Summary: It is Boris the bear's first day at his new school, and all he wants to do is make friends. But his large, hairy appearance makes all of the other children afraid of him. Boris tries to play with the children and fit in, but he is still too big and scary. On the way home from school, the children run into the mean rat pack. Boris goes to say hello to them, but they run away out of fear. This causes all of the other children to be very grateful for Boris. The next day at school, the children are not afraid of Boris anymore and accept him for who he is. After reading this story, students will be able to understand the importance acceptance and getting to know someone before you judge them.

Genre Critique: This is a good example of a fantasy, as there are aspects of the story that would not occur in the real world. The animals in the story are personified, being able to talk, go to school, write, draw, wear clothes, etc. just as humans do. Even though this part of the story cannot be true, students will be able to remember their first day at a new school and relate to how the bear felt scared and left out. Students may have also dealt with feeling like they do not fit in well with others in some way. The context of the story is also believable, as it takes place in a school setting that appears to be very realistic.

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  rcreamer10 | Mar 30, 2013 |
After being rejected on his first day of school, a grizzly bear becomes very sad. However, he gains new friendships after protecting the other students. This book would be a great read on the first day of school.
  annaturner | Feb 25, 2010 |
Great for all ages. Book about fitting in. Children can write about different things they can do to fit in at a new place.
  sdglenn | Oct 27, 2008 |
New bear comes to school and his much bigger and hairy than everybody else. Nobody knows how to act first but at the end the classmates learn to accept him and the big bear fits in. Good lesson for young kids! ( )
  acwheeler | Sep 23, 2008 |
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For Dr. Elizabeth Marsden - always a smile. --C.W.

For the amazing Early Years Team at Piddle Valley. Thanks for everything! --T.W.
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The day that Miss Cluck said there was going to be a new animal in the class, everyone was very excited.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545057833, Hardcover)

Boris the bear is new at school--and all the other animals are afraid of him! Pitch-perfect writing and delightfully charming illustrations will make this a treasured starting school story.

It's hard enough being the new kid at school, but when you're a big bear like Boris, it's even worse! Poor Boris tries his best to be gentle, but his sharp-toothed smile scares away his classmates. In the end, the animals find they love having Boris on their side!

With a heartwarming story and charming illustrations, THE NEW BEAR AT SCHOOL will touch anyone who has ever felt left out.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:00 -0400)

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When a new bear comes to school, all the other animals are afraid of him until he saves them from the Rat Pack bullies.

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