Where Are You, Bear?

By Frieda Wishinsky and Sean L. Moore

From 3 to 5 | 32 pages

Four-year-old Sophie is about to leave her home in Newfoundland on a cross-Canada trip with her dad to visit her grandma in British Columbia. She’s so excited, except for one little problem — she can’t find Bear anywhere! Forced to leave Bear behind, Sophie sets out to travel across the country without her beloved companion. But when Bear emerges from under the bed and finds Sophie gone, he sets off on his own adventure — chasing after Sophie!

The cat-and-mouse, or rather bear-and-girl, game that ensues is a madcap ABC adventure that takes the separated pals through all 13 provinces and territories. Some of the unique places that Sophie and Bear visit include: Cape Spear Lighthouse in Newfoundland, the Notre-Dame Basilica in Québec, the Toronto Island Ferry in Ontario, and Canada Olympic Park in Alberta. Along the way, they encounter many more of the iconic animals, people, sights, sounds, and tastes of Canada. From a bowl of chowder in Nova Scotia to a polar bear in Nunavut, the whole country is in on the trip!

The thoughtful attention to detail and strong Canadian content make this book useful as part of a Canadian geography unit as well as reinforcing the alphabet. - Canadian Teacher
A cute, lively story that covers the alphabet in a very cool Canadian way. - CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
Moore's bright, block cartoon illustrations will hold the interest of those learning their letters... - Kirkus Reviews
Sean L. Moore’s bright, cartoonish characters…will appeal to the target audience. - Quill & Quire
The words are simple and appropriate for new readers, and the flat, stylized cartoon illustrations will keep young readers engaged. - School Library Journal
A multifaceted, educational book that both children and parents will want to read again and again. - Suite101.com
…now that I have read [Where Are You, Bear?] I think it’s my favourite alphabet book of all. - Word of Mouse Book Reviews
What a great resource for introducing kids to the unique landmarks in Canada! - YABooksCentral.com
Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens Selection, 2011
Chocolate Lily Young Readers' Choice Award, 2011

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