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A funny and charming picture book with heart from rising star Duncan Beedie - now shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017.

There once was a bear who liked to stare... and stare... and STARE.

Bear doesn't mean to be rude, he's just curious but too shy to say anything. But nobody likes being stared at and it soon gets Bear into trouble. Luckily a goggly-eyed frog helps Bear realise that sometimes a smile is all you need to turn a stare into a friendly hello.

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18th March '17
I read it to Henry17 aged 1 months aged 0
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5 stars
This book has such a heart warming story. Its a great book for teaching your child more about communication skills and how a simple smiles can gain you friends. Illustrations are lovely with lots of different animals featured. We particularly liked the angry badger! 
23rd March '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Bear is a bit shy and socially awkward but desperately wants to join in... however he ends up just sitting there and staring .... which confuses the other animals and they find him "impolite". While nursing a bruised nose (a badger bopped him, in a bid to remove the staring bear's head from his badger set!), bear settles by a pond and stares into the water... to find another bear staring back. A friendly frog advises him to change the stare for a smile... and the bear practices with his reflection. Next morning bear revisits all the animals who'd previously rejected his attempts to befriend them because of the staring, and with his wide smile he receives a much better response and feels a lot happier ! 

Lovely simple illustrations. My daughter particularly liked the way the pages zoom in on the bear, closer and closer to his eyes to give a flavour of the intensity of his stare. It helps us understand what staring is and why it can unnerve people... and talk about how wise and kind the frog was in helping bear. It also gave us a good springboard to talk about friendships and welcoming in someone who is different but needs a bit more help to process the world - which is good given our daughter starts school in September so will be making her first real "friendship groups" independently... and should also help as she becomes more aware of the accommodations she can make to help others (a couple of my friends children are on the autism spectrum.... and we were able to talk about some of their ticks in the context of the bear's stare). 

Give the title "the bear who steared" I had a preconception that it would be a heavily rhymed book... so i found the rhythm of the text a bit hard at times as it was not quite what I expected. However its a lovely book that continues to improve and expand with reading.  
18th May '17
I read it to BethW aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is a beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations and an amazing storyline too. 'The Bear Who Stared' is a lovely story about a bear who is unsure of how to make friends - something that I'm sure a lot of little ones can identify with! My daughter (aged 4) definitely understood the point of the story. A gorgeous story with a great meaning behind writing it - fantastic!
20th March '17
I read it to fifebookboy aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Lovely book about making friends. Bear likes to stare but this scares the other animals and he doesn't understand why, until a friendly frog helps him out. Great for encouraging children who struggle with the social side of things, this is a very gentle book with gorgeous illustrations. Importantly, it doesn't make out that shyness is a bad thing and acknowledges that sometimes it is easier to just stare.
7th April '17
ArjanST read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This is such a lovely book with beautiful illustrations and a great book for older siblings to read to their younger brothers and sisters. My son read this for our daughter as he was more excited at the thought of a new book to read, he loves books!! 

This book is about the journey a bear takes to make friends. The bear likes to stare and this doesn't go down well with the other animals as it scared them. The book shows children that its ok to be shy, which is great for my two as they are the shyest children around! It helps to give them a social understanding of what other children may feel when they are being shy. I think it's a great way to help them start to understand the importance of interacting and coming out of their shell. A great book!
14th March '17
I read it to PippaRose aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
I read this book to my 5 year old daughter. At first, she wasn't too sure about reading it because she thought the best on the front looked a little scary. Once I had convinced her he wasn't, she relaxed.

She really enjoyed the other animals in the book, especially the ladybird family. 

She also really enjoyed the part where the best smiled as she said he looked happy and much more like a friendly bear with a smile.  

We liked how the story progressed and that bear grew confidence in himself to smoke and say hello to make friends. This is an important lesson on confidence for children of this age.

My daughter really liked the nice ending and was really pleased we were able to read it. We are going to read it again with Daddy.
14th March '17
I read it to eric_ aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
"Sometimes a smile is all you need". This book is about a bear that doesn't really know what to say to other animals, how to interact with them. He goes through some awkward situations. But then he sees his reflection smiling and a frog explains to him that a smile isn't difficult and much better. After this the bear changes his attitude and ends up with lots of friends in the forest. My son didn't even know what staring meant, so he learned the concept with lots of examples, and that it's not a very polite thing to do. He also enjoyed knowing that the bear was seeing his own reflection. My son loved seeing that the best thing to do is to smile, and he loved imitating the frog's "biggest, widest, happiest" smile! 
27th March '17
I read it to mynameselise aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Elise loved the pictures in this book, and we loved how it taught her all about the different ways to communicate with others. I know that she will enjoy this for years to come. She loves growling at the bear!
22nd March '17
I read it to LouFace aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Such a sweet book about how important communication is. Bear stares at other animals and makes them uncomfortable when a helpful frog teaches him that just a smile can change everything. I like that this book doesn't make shyness a bad thing and just emphasizes the importance smiling even if you don't have much to say. 
20th February '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to Whole School aged 5 to 11
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4 stars
I recently purchased this at Waterstones and I really enjoyed the story.  The bear is extremely loveable and not scary at all.  It has a great amount of humour and I look forward to reading anymore picture books that this author will write in the future.   The children also really enjoyed the illustrations.
15th March '17
I read it to Children in settings aged Under 1 to 5
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4 stars
This book has a very simple theme - learning how to communicate with other people and non-verbal communication. Poor Bear doesn't know how to communicate with the various people that he comes across and is sad. Luckily, Frog comes to the rescue and the story ends happily. The illustrations are lovely and for most of the story, the text is simple and easy to follow. Bear is a very likeable character!

I would say that the story is most suitable for children aged 3+ because the theme needs a little bit of explanation from the storyteller at times and probably wouldn't be understood by many children younger than that. Having said that, a skilful storyteller could easily bring the story to life with his/her own facial expressions and there are good opportunities for audience participation! 
27th March '17
I read it to Eleanor aged 2 aged 2
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4 stars
This story is about a bear who wants to make friends but doesn't know how so he just stares instead. A friendly frog explains to him that if he doesn't know what to say then a smile is all he needs, and bear is then able to make friends. We enjoyed this book. It has bright, simple illustrations, easy-to-read text and a variety of animals. I think the story would be better appreciated by slighter older children (3+) who would have a better grasp of some of the concepts (I read it to a two year old), but it's still a pleasant book for younger children. 
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About Duncan Beedie

Duncan Beedie Biography
Duncan Beedie is an illustrator and author whose debut picture book The Bear Who Stared was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017. His other books include The Lumberjack’s Bea...

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About Duncan Beedie

Duncan Beedie Biography
Duncan Beedie is an illustrator and author whose debut picture book The Bear Who Stared was shortlisted for the Waterstones C...

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