The Bear Who Stared by Duncan Beedie

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The text and pictures are harmoniously minimal, the former simple in structure but with rich vocabulary (“gawking,” “pondered,” “muttered”) and the latter pleasantly flat and planar, in the manner of Jon Klassen. The eyebrows do yeomen’s work. A nicely understated lesson in politeness for the very young.
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Nobody likes being stared at—as Bear soon finds out! This is a fun book that introduces children to manners.

There once was a bear who liked to STARE. Bear doesn't mean to be rude, he's just curious . . . but nobody likes being stared at and it soon gets Bear into trouble. The ladybugs find somewhere else to eat, the birds shoo him away, and an annoyed badger bites his nose. Luckily there's a googly-eyed frog to set Bear straight! He teaches Bear to smile and say "Hello" when looking at people, and Bear is able to make lots of friends. But he still likes to stare at his own reflection!
 

About Duncan Beedie

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Duncan Beedie is a freelance illustrator and animator based in Bristol, England. He has worked in animation on a diverse series of projects for British television and web clients. When not hunched over a graphics tablet, he likes to go out and about with his dog, Ivor, and attempt to teach his daughter not to put random items into the DVD player. Find out more about Duncan at duncanbeedie.co.uk.
 
Published February 1, 2016 by Templar Publishing. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.
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on May 18 2016

The text and pictures are harmoniously minimal, the former simple in structure but with rich vocabulary (“gawking,” “pondered,” “muttered”) and the latter pleasantly flat and planar, in the manner of Jon Klassen. The eyebrows do yeomen’s work. A nicely understated lesson in politeness for the very young.

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