Bear’s Scare by Jacob Grant

Bear’s Scare by Jacob Grant is a charming book about first impressions and finding friends in unexpected places.

The book follows Bear and his stuffed friend Ursa. Bear likes to keep a tidy and clean house, but when he finds a spiderweb, he and Ursa begin a frantic search for the spider culprit!

The story is oh-so-sweet, but the illustrations are really what make this book so special to me. I love the style of Grant’s artwork, and they lend such a sweet, whimsical touch to the story. Each image is imbued with so much emotion — and in many ways, they tell the story more powerfully than the words. (And to me, that’s the hallmark of a truly magnificent picture book — when text and image both become part of the story-telling.)

Perfect for read aloud story time, Bear’s Scare will capture the imagination of readers both young and old — and provides plenty of opportunity for kids to interact with the book.

Bear’s Scare is in stores now. Here is the official synopsis:

Bear likes to keep his house clean and tidy. In fact, the only thing Bear loves more than cleaning is taking care of his small stuffed friend, Ursa.

Then Bear sees a sticky spiderweb . . . and where there’s a web there is certainly a spider! The messy guest must be found, but what Bear and Ursa finally discover might just be an unlikely friend.

Opposites attract in this adorable story, where new friends come in all shapes and sizes.

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