Bear about Town

 Bear about Town / Ours en ville / Oso en la ciudad, by Stella Blackstone and Debbie Harter

Bear about Town / Ours en ville / Oso en la ciudad, by Stella Blackstone and Debbie Harter

"Bear about Town", written by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Debbie Harter, is available in English and in French/English or Spanish/English bilingual versions. It's a very simple story: each day of the week, Bear goes into town and does something.

 I do love the bright illustrations!

I do love the bright illustrations!

This is a perfect book for children learning to read, aquiring English, Spanish, or French as a first language, or learning to speak English, French, or Spanish as a second language.

 The illustrations are fun for children to point add and provide additional opportunities for naming.

The illustrations are fun for children to point add and provide additional opportunities for naming.

Written in the present simple tense, "Bear about Town" introduces the days of the week. The sentence structure is very basic, and the colorful illustrations provide plenty of contextual clues to help children understand the language.

 I love the baby bears, personally.

I love the baby bears, personally.

When read aloud, there are many opportunities to expand on the vocabulary and to ask the child to point at objects or to describe what they see. ("Is it sunny? No? Is it...snowing? No? What is it?!")

 I enjoy the different verbs!

I enjoy the different verbs!

This is a very basic book, but for babies or children acquiring language and literacy, it is absolutely perfect.

 There's even a fun map of the town at the end.

There's even a fun map of the town at the end.