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Big Brown Bear's Birthday Surprise Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): McPhail, David
ISBN: 1328895793     ISBN-13: 9781328895790
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    OUR PRICE: $11.70  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: July 2018
Annotation: A leveled reader reformatting of the picture book classic finds a surprised Big Brown Bear celebrating his birthday with a picnic and an boat ride down the river. By the award-winning creator of Mole Music. Simultaneous.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Birthdays; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Bears; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Birthdays
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2018297567
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Green Light Readers. Level 2
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.25" W x 0.50" (0.48 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
Big Brown Bear and Rat are enjoying a birthday picnic by the stream when an empty boat floats by. The friends hop in and end up having an adventure. The story has lots of preschool appeal; with its accessible vocabulary and four chapters, it should work with emergent readers. Soft watercolors in greens and browns accompany this cozy tale. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 June)

PreS-Gr 2— McPhail's illustrations are as sweet and whimsical as ever in this endearing story of friendship. During a picnic on the riverbank, Rat informs Bear that it's a special day; Rat has remembered Bear's birthday even though Bear has not. Rat even has a surprise present for his pal, something that "has four letters and begins with a B ." Just then, a boat floats down the river, and Bear jumps aboard, assuming that it is his gift. Rat joins him, explaining that the boat is not for Bear, and they row upstream, looking for its owner. After a brief adventure, they return to the picnic basket, and Rat gives Bear his gift, a ball that he happily balances on his nose. This picture book is divided into four brief chapters. The story reads aloud smoothly and the vocabulary is appropriate for beginning readers with some experience. The pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings are saturated with warm summer hues and support the quiet text with humor and lan. The affection shared by the two friends is conveyed through both the narrative and the artwork.—June Wolfe, Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, MA

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