What's Up, Bear?

By Frieda Wishinsky and Sean L. Moore

From 2 to 5 | 32 pages, color

In Where Are You, Bear?, Sophie and her best friend Bear discovered Canada from A to Z. Now, they’re off to explore New York City through nearly twenty pairs of opposites!

Sophie can’t wait to see New York, while Bear would much rather they just stay home. Sophie loves speeding around in a taxi cab, but Bear wishes the driver would slow down. Up and down, stop and go, tall and short, and many more opposite pairs are illustrated using iconic New York experiences, buildings, and landmarks.

Then, when Sophie spies a window full of new bears in a toy store, Bear begins to worry he is too plain and old to compete with all the city has to offer. He’s proven right temporarily when Sophie forgets him in the toy store, but a helpful young boy and his mother find Bear and return him to Sophie at her hotel. The reunion is a happy one, and Sophie and Bear realize they love each other — no matter where they are!     
Throughout, readers will be captivated by both Sophie's and Bear's facial expressions; Sophie's exuberance is obvious, while the patched and well-loved Bear looks like he might lose his lunch after riding the subway. Where will the lovable Bear and his best friend travel next? - Kirkus Reviews
Moore's crisp digital cartoons capture both the duo's fluctuating emotions and the energy of the city. - Publishers Weekly
This simple story is a good introduction to the concept. - School Library Journal
Both delightful and educational to read. - CM: Canadian Review of Materials
The phrasing is easy to see on the detailed pages, the concept words stand out in bold print and the book's design is bright and clear. Sean L. Moore does a commendable job of making the cartoon-like characters and the big city setting stand out. - Sal's Fiction Addiction
A warm hearted tale to bring smiles to everyone. - Kids' Bookbag
enables young readers to take stock of their responses to new experiences outside the security of home. - Spirituality & Practice
opposite pairs are illustrated using iconic New York experiences, buildings and landmarks. - YA Book Central
Christie Harris Illustrated Book Award, Finalist, 2013
Chocolate Lily Award (British Columbia Readers' Choice), 2014
Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2013

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