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Title:
Glad, glad Bear!
ISBN:
9781534452695
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Summary:
Bear is very glad about going to ballet class today, gets somewhat anxious before the music starts, then joyously begins to dance.
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Summary

Bear is very, very, very GLAD today! He's taking his first ballet class. But he's a little nervous too. This sweet and silly picture book is an honest exploration of feelings that little ones--and grown-ups!--are sure to relate to.

Bear is so excited that today is dance day! He has his new leggings, slippers, and tutu, and he is ready to go. But when he gets there, he feels a little shy, a little unsure, and even a little afraid. What can make him feel better? Dancing, of course!

This charming companion to Mad, Mad Bear is a celebration of how stepping out and doing the things we love makes us feel happy...even if we are a little apprehensive at first!


Author Notes

Kimberly Gee grew up in Lakewood, New Jersey, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach. Prior to delving into her life-long dream of writing and illustrating children's books, Kimberly parlayed her creative talents into a successful career in architectural design, illustration, and greeting card design and production. Kimberly currently resides in Claremont, California. She has two young children, Finn and Claire, who are her inspiration (and her models). Visit her at KimberlyGee.com.


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School Library Journal Review

Toddler-PreS--The adorable little cub introduced in Gee's Mad, Mad Bear is having a much better day! He has new leggings, slippers, and a tutu, and is off to dance school. Once he arrives at class, Bear feels a little less sure of himself. This new experience leaves him feeling shy, a little afraid, and different from his classmates. However, when the music starts, he begins to feel light, bubbly, and twirly, and becomes glad once more. Using the simplest language and full-bleed friendly illustrations in muted pastels, this winning story is perfect for sharing one-on-one or with a group. VERDICT Gee explores a multitude of feelings that come with any new and exciting experience. A bonus feature is that it subtly subverts gender norms.--Jessica Marie, Salem Public Library, OR


Publisher's Weekly Review

Gee's Mad, Mad Bear turns glad when it's time for dance class in this simple but emotion-filled follow-up. Clad in new leggings, new ballet slippers, and a pink tutu that generates a crinkly-eyed, page-filling grin, Bear happily prepares for dance class. His elation is palpable as he gracefully leaps out the door, but jitters set in at the studio. In gentle scenes, Gee sensitively captures Bear feeling first "a little shy" in his tutu and leggings--a mix of the other kids' outfits. Luckily, music brings a turning point, eliciting "twirly" feelings that Bear expresses through dance, making him "glad" once more. Rendered in black Prismacolor and digital candy colors, Gee's thoughtful illustrations sympathetically depict Bear's shifting emotions in a way that's realistic and relatable. Ages up to 8. (Feb.)


Horn Book Review

This follow-up to Mad, Mad Bear! shows the ups, downs, and all the emotions in between as we watch Bear attend dance class for the first time. Bear has new leggings, new slippers, and a new pink tutu, all of which make our protagonist very, very glad. He warms up at home, smiling in the mirror, and leaping out the front door with a WHEEEE! When Bear arrives at the dance studio, his excitement turns to hesitation, and soon Bear is much less sure of himself. He looks around the room at the other dancers (all bears of different shades), and feels like he doesnt fit in. Is it because he traded his dance slippers for cowboy boots? Is it because hes wearing his pink tutu over his leggings, unlike the other (assumed) boy bear in the class? Whatever it is, all of Bears fears melt away as the music starts and that good feeling returns. Gees soft, cheery illustrations (rendered in black Prismacolor and colored digitally) and simple text make this an excellent choice for discussing the worry young children may experience when trying something new. Preschool audiences will relate to Bear, while also enjoying the visual treats the illustrations have to offer. Hillary Saxton March/April 2020 p.56(c) Copyright 2020. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Gee's Mad, Mad Bear (2018) returns, continuing to adjust to and embrace his feelings as he explores music and dance.It's a new day, and little brown Bear is very glad because he has new leggings, dance slippers, and a tutu. Eager to wear it all, he and his parent bear head out for ballet class. But on arrival, Bear sees everyone else in class and begins to feel unsure about himself; at first he's "a little shy," then "a little afraid," and even feeling "a little different." The music he hears helps to change his attitude, and, emboldened, he begins "to feel light. / And bubbly. / And twirly," until he is dancing freely with everyone. Expressive, black-outlined drawings colored in muted tones make an endearing, uncomplicated, clear-cut accompaniment to the minimal text, working with it to evoke the emotional aspects of the little one's experience. Whether he is uneasy about participating because he is new or self-conscious of his gender presentation (four of the other students wear tutus; one wears only leggings) is never addressed, leaving this text open to interpretation and discussion. What is clear is that his nonstereotypical gender presentation is celebrated and affirmed. A star sticker from the teacher for his participation leaves Bear "very glad" he joined the class, where he has also made a new frienda bespectacled, darker-furred bear.A positive, contemporary view of individuality and nonjudgmental acceptance. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.