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. Volume XVIII Number 4. . . .September 23, 2011
This lovely book, with illustrations in watercolour, ink and gouache, revolves around Bear, who does not like visitors. Throughout A Visitor for Bear, Bear's attempts to keep the mouse from visiting are thwarted by the mouse's persistent efforts. In the end, Bear relents and enjoys the visit with his friend.
There are many appealing features of this book. The story, itself, is enjoyable and contains repetition that adds to the book's lighthearted tone. As Bear does 'shout' some of the things he says, the font for those words is in larger type which makes them easily identifiable on the page. There is also an interesting use of larger vocabulary words throughout the story that builds on simpler ideas presented earlier in the book. For example, Bear first tells the mouse to leave. Then he says, "Away with you! Vamoose!", and later still, "Begone!" Even with the more difficult vocabulary, young readers should be able to understand these words and phrases as synonyms for the initial order to 'get out'.
Karyn Miehl, a mother of two and a secondary school English teacher, lives in Kingsville, ON.
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