Read Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle Matt Phelan Online


All through the year, this shaggy, raggy, rumbly, bumbly bear faces down whatever comes his way: bee stings and scolding squirrels, cold rushing rivers and prickly bushes. And he does it all with a spring in his step and a smile on his face. There’s just one thing he can't abide. Luckily, he knows exactly what to do about it.     Season by season, Alice Schertle and Matt PAll through the year, this shaggy, raggy, rumbly, bumbly bear faces down whatever comes his way: bee stings and scolding squirrels, cold rushing rivers and prickly bushes. And he does it all with a spring in his step and a smile on his face. There’s just one thing he can't abide. Luckily, he knows exactly what to do about it.     Season by season, Alice Schertle and Matt Phelan lead us through a year in the life of a charming, resourceful, and quite hairy bear....

Title : Very Hairy Bear
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ISBN : 9780152165680
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Very Hairy Bear Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-04 17:18

    Follow this big and very hairy (except for his nose!) bear on his journey through the seasons--journey by turns delicious, adventurous and cozy. The text is lyrical and pleasant, but it is the illustrations that I found especially endearing. After loving his work in Flora's Very Windy Day, I'm endeavoring to experience more of Phelan's illustrations and was not disappointed in this offering!

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-03-10 18:53

    Completely charming! Because the bear does hibernate at the end of the story, this is a perfect bedtime book. Because of all the fun with words, it’s wonderful for reading aloud and also fun for independent readers.The very hairy bear (except for his “no-hair nose”) goes through the year from spring to winter. The pictures and story are just so endearing. Not scary and fine for the youngest child, and this adult enjoyed it too. It’s one of those (many) books that is fun for adults to read to children. I love that this bear is so cute and yet is portrayed as an actual bear, without any human or magical qualities.

  • Natalie Molnar
    2019-03-18 15:56

    I loved loved loved this book. The illustrations, the wordplay, it was all so much fun! I did this for a lot of my groups when we did a bear storytime theme, and most enjoyed it. A few of the rowdier classes had a bit of a hard time sitting still for all of it, however, which is why I can't quite give it a five. I also stumbled over the words in a few places, even after a dozen readings (I do outreach storytimes on a bookmobile, twice weekly, with two to three stops a day and two to five groups a stop--it ends up being about thirty storytimes over the two week cycle). There are always a few kids who like to sit especially close to me at the storytimes, so I had fun tapping their noses during the 'no-hair nose' refrain. I also had some groups filling in that line for me towards the end. One of my favorite moments is at the ending, when he puts his very hairy bearpaws on top of his nose, and I had all the children do the same. Really one of my absolute favorite books, but be sure to use it with a group that you've already gotten the attention of!

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-20 15:17

    What a great storytime book! The text allows the reader to make the story as dramatic (sniff those fish out of the water!) or gentle as they want it to be, and the illustrations are charming. Great addition to the many bear books as read-alouds.

  • Jill
    2019-02-22 21:11

    Great illustrations, but the story was a little bit of a miss for me. The kids enjoyed it though.

  • Marianne
    2019-03-20 15:02

    the illustrations are beeooootiful...

  • Michelle
    2019-03-02 20:58

    Very Hairy Bear is just a joy to read out loud. The words are simply fun to say. The art is wonderful. It looks at season changes and ends with hibernation, so it's a great choice for a bedtime story.

  • Karley
    2019-02-22 19:01

    Just okSudden ending to this random book. Would have liked more about seasons or something other than he goes to sleep

  • Donna Mork
    2019-03-09 16:00

    All about a very hairy bear and all the food he eats getting ready for winter. Only his nose gets cold and he has a solution for that.

  • Natalie Greaves
    2019-03-17 14:15

    I like this story. It has nice illustrations and an easy to follow story line. I would use this book to teach a unit on seasons. It can also be used to teach about hibernation.

  • Leah Pileggi
    2019-03-10 20:01

    To me, this is a near miss. The illustration is just a little too washed out; the internal rhymes in the story are almost great. This is not a rhyming book, but it plays with rhyming sounds: “brownbear hair everywhere.” I wanted to love it, but sometimes I just stumbled over the words, even after a number of readings. And the hyphens are absent in one really noticeable place: “and old big as a boulder bear crawls…” It feels as though it tries too hard to find the rhymes, and maybe a few should have been cut. The illustration uses warm sepia tones, but sometimes the scale seems to be off just enough to be frustrating. The bear in blueberries – I can’t find his nose. The nose isn’t featured enough since that’s essentially what this story is about. It’s too subtle for me. The text would work without the illustration. The story could work with very different illustration, maybe work even better. There is a lot to like. The things the bear’s no-hair nose does, all of the bee and squirrel pages, and of course his big brown bear behind. That will lead to giggles. But I found the ending just boring with not enough of an arc in the story to really wind down from.

  • Gwen the Librarian
    2019-03-04 20:04

    A big, shaggy, hairy bear has hair everywhere except his no-hair nose. He catches fish in the spring, eats berries in the summer, hunts acorns in the fall, and hibernates in winter. His hair might get wet, his nose might turn blue, but he has fun in the green, gorgeous wood no matter what. Told with very descriptive language and a little bit of rhyme, this story of the seasons is gentle and sweet - perfect for little ones. The illustrations are soft and rounded, a perfect match for the text.

  • Marisa
    2019-03-13 17:10

    "Deep in the green gorgeous wood lives a boulder-big bear with shaggy, raggy, brownbear hair everywhere...except on his no-hair nose."This exquisitely poetic picture book with beautiful soft illstrations walks us through how one very hairy bear spends his seasons -- catching salmon in the spring, eating honey and berries in the summer, stealing squirrels' nuts in fall, and finally settling down for a good sleep in the winter. Lovely!

  • Elsa
    2019-03-04 18:20

    Kiddo wasn't really interested in this one, but I loved it! I'll definitely check it out again when she's older and has more interest in the sounds of words. This is really a Gerard Manley Hopkins-style, sprung rhythm poem about a bear and his nose. I found it delightful, and the pictures are equally charming.

  • Suzanne
    2019-02-28 16:55

    Dreamy illustrations and surprisingly interesting rhymes. By the title alone, I admit I wasn't expecting something so lyrical. The kiddo thinks it's funny when I tap him on his "no-hair nose" as we read, too.

  • Dolly
    2019-02-23 17:15

    This book takes a fun journey throughout the year with a very hairy bear. The narrative is short and lyrical and the illustrations are terrific. This would be a fun book to read with a younger child.

  • Meg McGregor
    2019-03-22 21:16

    I liked how the book went through the seasons and showed the activities Bear would complete.Beautifully soft illustrations add to the gentleness of the book!Read again to Lexi on March 13, 2014.

  • Tamara
    2019-02-22 15:56

    Favorite Illustration:Then, when soft white snowflakes start to falland cling to bear hair...(if there's a bear there).Favorite Quote: Down in the green gorgeous wood lives a boulder-big bear with shaggy raggy brownbear hair everywhere...except on hisno-hairnose.

  • Miri
    2019-03-21 20:54

    When I really love a picture book, it's usually because of the illustrations or the general storyline, not the actual diction and writing style. But the words in this book are just lovely and lyrical and would be as much fun for an adult reading them aloud as for the child listening.

  • jacky
    2019-03-14 18:07

    This book teaches a little about bears and covers the seasons. The repetition of words was fun. The illustrations were great. The bear was very cute and the illustrations took up the whole page every time.

  • Becky
    2019-02-21 20:18

    One of my boys new favorites! Lovely pictures, good rhyme and alliteration, good sequence throughout and just a fun read in general. It's not a book with a lesson in it, but still fun and keeps the kids interested in it. Especially good for bedtime! So happy I got this book.

  • Virginia
    2019-03-14 17:17

    To die for language! What a wonderful read aloud! I happened to take out a board book edition. I personally think the colors are too muted for a board book (my understanding is that babies eyes do better recognizing art with strong contrast. But, Matt Phelan's illustrations are charming.

  • Jen H.
    2019-03-15 17:18

    I love this book!! Sweet picture book with light sweet illustrations. (last picture is my favorite- so cute) Illustrations from Matt Phelan- The Higher Power of Lucky. Cute read aloud.

  • Ame
    2019-03-13 21:08

    Beautiful, warm colors and a fuzzy wuzzy bear. What's not to enjoy?

  • Kaethe
    2019-03-10 15:55

    Very sweet. Enjoyed the art and the text lends itself to reading aloud. Reminds me of Jamberry.

  • Katy
    2019-03-14 15:10

    The bouncy, playful language draws even very little ones into the story, and the illustrations are just beautiful.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-08 18:05

    Lovely illustrations but the word play failed to engage my 3 yr old.

  • Beth
    2019-02-25 17:22

    Beautiful, rhythmical writing paired with soft, gentle illustrations.

  • Alyssa
    2019-02-28 19:57

    Beautiful illustrations.

  • Minnie
    2019-03-22 21:54

    Isaac loved Little Blue Truck, but was not too impressed by Very Hairy Bear. The drawings are beautiful though!