Middle Bear

Middle Bear He was the second of three brothers He was not big but he was not small either Neither strong nor weak neither tall nor short neither a lot nor a little He was the middle one Everything about life

  • Title: Middle Bear
  • Author: Susanna Isern Manon Gauthier
  • ISBN: 9781771388429
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • He was the second of three brothers He was not big, but he was not small, either Neither strong nor weak, neither tall nor short, neither a lot nor a little He was the middle one Everything about life with his brothers was middle sized And when you re always in the middle, sometimes it s hard to feel special But then, one day the cubs parents fell ill, and theiHe was the second of three brothers He was not big, but he was not small, either Neither strong nor weak, neither tall nor short, neither a lot nor a little He was the middle one Everything about life with his brothers was middle sized And when you re always in the middle, sometimes it s hard to feel special But then, one day the cubs parents fell ill, and their mother asked them to fetch some medicinal bark from a willow tree on the top of a mountain When it turned out that this very important task could only be done by a cub of his middle size, he finally realized how special it was to be the middle one Author Susanna Isern s lovely, melodic picture book tale with a delightful use of repetition throughout offers an upbeat and positive message to middle children everywhere It s a subject that is not often addressed in this format With its hero s quest theme, the story has the feel of a modern day fairy tale Manon Gauthier s spare artwork and understated palette perfectly capture the poignancy of the bear cub s emotional journey Though the book focuses on the role of middle children, it really celebrates every child s efforts toward self discovery, as they seek out their own special place in the world It also offers a wonderful opportunity to highlight the character education subject of perseverance or a lesson on empathy.

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    1. If you are a middle child then you will know exactly the feelings middle bear experiences as this tale is told. He is the second of three brothers. He is too young to hang out with his older brother and too young to do things with his baby brother. Everything about his life, his activities and his sibling placement in the family is middle-sized. He longs to feel special and noticed by the others around him. His father often goes out with his older brother to collect walnuts and almonds while his [...]

    2. Middle Bear is the second of three brothers. When the brothers go out into the forest to do various errands, Middle Bear is either too big or too small to be of any help. His older and younger brother both seem to be the right size. But Middle Bear seems to always be in the middle.He seems to go unnoticed. And he longs to be different, to be as special as his brothers.Susanna Isern’s little book is perfect for children to may seem that there is no place for them. And it is great for helping ch [...]

    3. Middle Child Blues.My personal reaction to this, rather dull coloured book was only 3 stars, but I shared it with my 2 year old granddaughter and her enthusiasm raised the star rating to 4. It usually takes her a few reads to feel 'friendly' towards a book, but as soon as we'd finished this she was asking for "Bear".It tells the story of Middle Bear, who always seems to be either too small or too big. Being an eldest child, I guess I also missed the significance of being stuck in the middle, it [...]

    4. A really sweet book about a middle bear. He is not big, he is not little, he is just middle sized and does not feel special at all. When mother and father need help, it is middle bear who is able to complete the task needed. This is a great book for children who are the middle child and are trying to find their niche. It is also a good book to discuss with the older and younger child so they can empathize with the middle sibling. The illustrations are quite interesting. They look like children h [...]

    5. I have three boys and I know the reality that the middle child faces everyday. They often get overlooked or feel like they don't get treated like the others because they are stuck in the middle, neither big nor small. This book brings to light that struggle and finds a wonderful way of showing how special a middle child can be.I enjoyed reading this book to my three year old, but he didn't seem very interested in the artwork. TO tell you the truth, I wasn't to intrigued by it myself. It looked l [...]

    6. Thank you Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.A wonderful book for all the middle children in the world. (As well as all the older and younger children who need to have better empathy for their frequently invisible sibling!) Middle Bear feels lost between the older and younger children in the family. There are times it even makes him feel sad. It is not until his not-too-big and not-too-little size is perfect in an tricky but important situation, that he sees the value of bei [...]

    7. A really sweet book about a middle bear where everything in his life is middle sized and he feels less than special. The writing is lovely and shows that middle children are just a great as the eldest and youngest (which I know lots of middle children sometimes don't feel - I'm the youngest of 3). I would definitely recommend it to families where the middle child is feeling a little left out. The illustrations are interesting and different to other children's books. I'd be interested to see it i [...]

    8. Middle Bear is an adorable story about using your skills and abilities right now. Being in the middle is difficult for the main character. He can't do the same things as his big brother or little brother. An adventure takes all three brothers out of their comfort zones and helps the middle bear to realize he's just the right size.I love this story. It will be a great one to share with littles who may be frustrated with their size or lot in life. Little hands can do big things! The illustrations [...]

    9. Middle bear is not the biggest or the smallest. He's right in the middle, which doesn't seem very important. When a problem arises that only a middle bear can solve, he finds his place and his own inner peace. Sweet for middle children, but with not a lot of substance and featuring an adventure few children of any birth order will ever encounter.Still, good for quiet sharing with someone who needs a comforting reminder that everyone can find their Goldilocks fit in life: someplace just right.

    10. Originally published in Spanish, this is a tale of what it is like to be the middle child of a family. They are not the oldest, tallest, biggest, fastest, and neither are they the baby, smallest, slowest. There are plenty of times that being the middle child is "just right", as in this story. While I liked the story, the illustrations were a bit dark and muddy for my taste. Perhaps if the artwork were not in shades of brown and black I would have liked it better.A satisfying, predictable read.

    11. A sweet little take on being "just right" or "in the middle," with arresting illustrations that are refreshingly unique. The youngest readers may not find this attention-grabbing, but I think it's guaranteed to be appreciated by middle children ages 6+. It's a lengthy and verbose for the target age group, but readers of the right sort will identify with the story. Might even work as a read-aloud with older-elementary students.

    12. I received this ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.This is the perfect book for a family of three. The middle child will relate more than the others, but they will see the side of the middle child as well. It's a fun little story and will be relatable to children. The illustrations were on the elementary side and I believe that was intentional. I would be anxious to see what they look like on paper opposed to a screen.

    13. As a parent of 3 children, I love this book. It is heartwarming and uplifting without being overly sentimental and conveys perfectly the mediocrity of being a middle child. I love the shell-shocked/glazed expression of the bear and the use of child like illustrations, as they convey his perception of himself as unremarkable. As the story unfolds, middle bear find out that there are some things he is just perfect for. This would be a perfect book for middle children.

    14. #Edelwiess #middleBearMiddle Bear can't do anything because he the middle bear. Not big enough, not small enough. Things never seem to go his way. The book reflects on the middle child and how difficult it can be when you're just in-between. I loved this book and the message that the author has for children. I would recommend this book easily here at our library.

    15. Cute story for anyone suffering from middle child blues. My youngest was not really interested in the story, I, however, liked the illustrations and thought they were very well done. This book is great for large families with two or more children. Especially if you have a child struggling to find their place in the thick of it all. This book is perfect for ages 2-4 (maybe 5).

    16. I absolutely loved this. A really cute book about a middle children, the middle children are thought to get less attention than their siblings and feel less than special. The illustrations are interesting and wonderful. The story are very heartwarming.I received this ARC from Netgalley for an honest review

    17. This is such a sweet story of a middle size bear who realizes that his size is what makes him perfect to accomplish a quest that no one else can accomplish. The writing is lovely and the illustrations are wonderful cut out pictures a la Eric Carle. This would be great for all middle children or just lovers of cute children's books.

    18. This was an interesting story about being the middle child. And the artwork was also interesting. Not amazing in the usual way, but very unique. It makes to books stand out from others of this subject. The Middle bear, is the middle bear is the middle bear. Not too big, not too small. He is just right.

    19. A story of the middle child of three brother bears who is able to solve a problem to obtain medicine for his parents. A little to heavy with the "middle" things; i.e. middle size steps, middle size feet, middle size blanket, etc.The illustrations are done with cut paper collage, colored pencil and mixed media. The pictures are rather static and childish.

    20. Beautiful artwork! As the oldest child in my family, it was interesting to read a book from the middle child's perspective. Teddy bears are such universally loved characters, and this book was not an exception. All the characters are loveable, but the middle bear is the hero! Thanks to NetGalley for letting me preview this book.

    21. Great story for all the "middle children" and adventurers out there. Our three year old loved that everyone had a place and was so happy at the end to see that the family was "all back" together. He enjoyed the fish and the travel over the ice and mountains the best.I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

    22. I won this in a giveaway. I was very excited to read it to my 5 yr old middle child. He loved it! We’ve since read it multiple times. We visited a farm and he kept asking which chicken/cow/etc was the middle brother.

    23. This one has a nice message about everyone having a role in a family-even the middle child who feels like he is never quite the right thing, until he is. I didn't really like the collage art work in this one.

    24. ***I received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review***This book was okay. It was neither really good nor really bad. It was somewhere in the middle. 😜This will be a great book for my "size theme" for STEAM Storytime though.

    25. Middle Bear hates being in the middle of everything. Everything for him is middle sized. When his parents are in need of help he is the only one who can get to the medicine. Being middle didn't seem so bad after that.

    26. A bear is sad b/c he's in the middle, not the biggest, not the smallest. Turns out he is the only one who is able to get his parents the medicine they need when they get sick. It's not so bad being the middle one.

    27. I like the college-ish art, and the story is good, but it's too long for a library story-time, which is why I read these things (plus to get to my Reading Challenge Goal, but shhhh, don't tell anyone).

    28. Another book about finding your own strength, and it may resonate with 'middle' children.Simple cartoon illustrations in dark colors did not hold my attention.

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