Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Review: Bear Can't Wait by Karma Wilson

Every month, I get super excited to reveal the books, which are going to appear here on Bookworm for Kids. I get so excited that I usually start selecting and re-selecting, which ones to choose for my What's Coming This Month list. Why? Because I can't wait. Maybe, that's why today's book caught my eye. Or maybe it was the cute little mouse with the flag. 

In any case, I'm not going to make you wait any longer to find out what this one is about....although you will have to wait until March 30th for it to appear. Waiting is so hard, isn't it?

by Karma Wilson
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

Bear tries his best to be patient in this newest addition to the bestselling Bear Books series.

Patience might be a virtue but waiting is so hard! On a beautiful sunny afternoon, Bear can’t sit still because he’s got a surprise planned for his good friend Hare. He hustles and bustles and scuttles about. But when, in his excitement, he makes a mess of things, can he set it all right before Hare shows up?

With millions of Bear books sold—it’s hard to wait for the newest!

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         On the Simon & Schuster website, a printable pdf workbook, which offers various activities to go along with the story, is available for free download.


This is the second book in the Bear series, which I've had the chance to read, and I'm still a fan of this cute, big guy.

Bear is super excited and can barely contain himself. He has the best surprise ever ready for his friend Hare, but now, he has to wait until it's time for him to reveal it. But waiting is so hard, especially since Bear is sure Hare's going to love it. In his excitement, he starts to make a big mess of things...and maybe, the surprise won't be so great after all.

Written in rhyme, this is a sweet book about an even sweeter bear. Bear has a heart of gold, and while he does his best, things don't work out as perfectly as he hopes. I think one of my favorite things about Bear is that his troubles are ones everyone faces. Especially young readers and listeners will recognize the same issue in themselves and realize why Bear has the troubles he does. The solution is heart-warming and shows how important the help, care and love of others can be. It's exactly a message kids can relate to and learn from, while simply enjoying a lovely tale.

The illustrations are nicely down and bring Bear and his friends to life. Young listeners will easily be able to take the book on their own and revisit Bear and his adventure again and again. It's simply a lovely tale through and through.

And here they are...

The Author...
Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books, including the Bear Books series, Where Is Home, Little Pip?, and A Dog Named Doug. Karma lives in Montana.

The Illustrator...
Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Books series and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at ChapmanandWarnes.com.

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