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There’s a Bear on My Chair

Author: Ross Collins

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ISBN: 9780763689421

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2019 - 2020

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes

Book Acticity

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favorite chair, and that chair just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move pesky Bear, but nothing works. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a mouse in Bear’s house?


Age Group 3 years

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Knowing the correct way to hold and handle a book
  • Understanding that words are read from left to right and pages are read from top to bottom
  • Starting to notice words that rhyme and enjoys participating in rhyming games
  • Retelling stories
  • Recognizing some of the letters of the alphabet
  • Starting to match letter sounds to letters (like knowing b makes a /b/ sound)
  • May start to recognize their name in print and other often-seen words, like those on signs
  • Beginning to understand that print carries a message

Your child has been hearing and studying the sounds of words for quite a while now. One of the tasks of emergent literacy is to be able to hear individual sounds, to make sounds, and to put sounds together to make words. When we start to play with the letters of our language, we can help our children learn that each letter represents a unique sound or sounds and when we put letters together, they can make different sounds. This is necessary for learning to read. Playing with the sounds of words by singing, reading rhyming books and playing word games can help your child master these letter-sound connections and put them on a path to reading success!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 3-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your child!

Why did we select this book?

Anger, frustration, and a reluctance to share are all a part of growing up. Learning to control all of those emotions can be helped along with laughter. Raising Readers selected this book to allow you to laugh together at Mouse's frustration at having to share his chair with this very adorable (and stubborn) bear. Let the book open conversations about times your child is frustrated. Maybe "There is a bear in my chair!" will become the words your family use to indicate that you are having trouble sharing!


Book Acticity
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