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Bear in a Square (A Barefoot Board Book) [Illustrated] [Board book]

Stella Blackstone , Debbie Harter
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1 Mar 2007 A Barefoot Board Book
Share the adventures of a big, friendly bear as he wanders through all sorts of familiar places, discovering different shapes along his way. In these pages, you will meet bear at home, at school, in a swimming pool, in the park, in a cave and at a circus. Look very closely and you too may be able to find squares, circles, triangles, zig-zags and even stars hidden in the pictures. With its vibrant art and jaunty, rhyming text, Bear in a Square also offers a fun-filled and exciting way of learning to count from one to ten.

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Product details

  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; Brdbk edition (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841482870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841482873
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A shape identification book with a difference....The reader is invited to hunt for particular shapes within lively colourful double page scenes. The illustrations are naíve yet effective and the appealing bear, who appears throughout the book, adds an imaginative dimension to the pictures. Each page is rich with pattern and presents frequent opportunities for counting... The successful combination of elementary maths and language concepts would make this book a useful resource for both literacy and numeracy sessions' --Early Years Educator

'What makes this find-the-shape-on-every-page picture book so appealing is that it works on so many levels' --Independent on Sunday

'Children will immediately warm to Bear in a Square...[they] can explore this book at many levels and will find something different each time they read it' --Nursery World

About the Author

On good days, Stella Blackstone lives east of the sun and west of the moon. On less good days, she lives at the bottom of a well. She finds ideas in all of these places and turns them into songs, poems and rhymes. She has read and written poetry for as long as she can remember, and her favourite books include Louis Untermeyer's A Child's Treasury of Poetry, which was a constant companion throughout her childhood, Paolo Coelho's The Alchemist, everything by T.S. Eliot, and William Buck's translation of The Ramayana. She lives in southwest England, and enjoys walking and working in her garden as well as doing nothing whenever she has the chance. Debbie Harter was born and raised in England, and she currently lives in Penzance, Cornwall. She has participated in all kinds of artistic ventures, creating jewelery, textiles, ceramics, mirrors and candles. Now Debbie works primarily in book illustration, and with her bold and vibrant style, has created many of Barefoot Books' most successful titles, including Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon (1999), The Animal Boogie (2000) and the best-selling Bear series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the attention of even young babies 15 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Board book
Although this book says it is for 2 year olds, and is based on shapes and counting, my 6 month old son was enraptured by it. He loved this book so much, "Bear in a square" were the first words he recognized! He's now 1.5 years, and it is still an all-time favorite. This is a colofrul and sturdy book which is forever stimulating him in new ways as he grows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bear in a Square 17 Aug 2010
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
Bear in a square is a lovely book. Barefoot Books publish some really superior board books for babies, and this is one of them. Some really unusual shapes, rather than just the basic ones, a lovely little story and plenty of colour identification and counting make this great value for money. All the other bear books are also fabulous, but this was the first I brought my children and probably my favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars funtastic 27 Jun 2005
By R.Mason
Format:Board book
My kids loved this book, from when they were two until they were six (when we lost it). They liked the rhymes, the beautiful pictures, finding the places the bear visited on the map, choosing which bear they wanted to be, guessing the day of the week, the little funny bits... I could go on, but sadly this book is only a memory for us now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but engaging 22 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My 17-months son has had this for 6 months now and he loves it.
I think, of the 'Bears series' from the same author, this one starts becoming interesting around 12-14 months, while the others are suited for even younger children.
Also, this is not cardboard, so it's more fragile and larger, so definitely more suited to slightly older babies.
Highly commended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for 2 to 4 year olds 25 Mar 2010
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This is a really great book. It is wonderfully interactive, and the kids end up learning about geometric shapes and counting without realising that they are being taught!

Thoroughly recommended.
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