Can bears ski?

Raymond Antrobus

Book - 2020

Little Bear feels the world around him. He feels the floor shake when someone stomps to get his attention - but something is missing. Little Bear is not sure what is happening. All around him he hears the familiar refrain: "Can bears ski?" Then Dad Bear takes him to see an audiologist and they learn that Little Bear has been experiencing deafness. With new hearing aids, he discovers that "Can bears ski?" is actually "Can you hear me?" His new world is loud and will ...take some getting used to, but with the love and support of Dad Bear, Little Bear will find his way.

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Subjects
Genres
Didactic fiction
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2020.
Edition
First US edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781536212662
1536212660
Main Author
Raymond Antrobus (author)
Other Authors
Polly Dunbar (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

When Little Bear's dad comes to wake him up in the morning, Little Bear knows he's there only because he feels the bed shake and the windows rumble. Snow falls, soft and heavy, outside as Little Bear and Dad Bear watch a skiing competition on TV, and Little Bear begins relating his experiences through those events: The world feels distant and quiet, like snow. And when people repeatedly ask him the same confusing question, he thinks they're saying, Can bears ski? Eventually, after some hearing therapy, lip-reading classes, and hearing aids, he finally understands what everyone's been asking: Can you hear me? #OwnVoices creators Antrobus and Dunbar have lovingly crafted a picture book that addresses not just the often-frustrating process of diagnosing a disability but also the exhaustion that accompanies living with one. Dunbar's strong-lined and loudly colored art easily translates Little Bear's emotional journey for a young audience, making this an excellent mirrors-and-windows pick, especially for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and likely won't have seen themselves portrayed so clearly before. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The award-winning author of Can Bears Ski? and the illustrator of Here's a Little Poem draw on personal experiences in the story of Little Bear, who learns about his deafness when a visit to an audiologist reveals the truth about a world he sometimes hastrouble understanding.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The award-winning author of Can Bears Ski? and the illustrator of Here’s a Little Poem draw on personal experiences in the story of Little Bear, who learns about his deafness when a visit to an audiologist reveals the truth about a world he sometimes has trouble understanding. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Is Little Bear ignoring his friends when they say hi, or is something else going on? A discovery opens new doors in a tale that will delight kids with deafness and all children learning to navigate their world.Little Bear feels the world around him. He feels his bed rumble when Dad Bear wakes him up in the morning. He feels the floor shake when his teacher stomps to get his attention. But something else is missing, like when his friends tell jokes that he isn’t sure he understands, or when all around him Little Bear hears the question, “Can bears ski?” Then, one day, Dad Bear takes him to see an “aud-i-olo-gist,” and Little Bear learns that he has been experiencing deafness and will start wearing hearing aids. Soon he figures out what that puzzling refrain is: “Can you hear me?” Little Bear’s new world is LOUD and will take some getting used to, but with the love and support of Dad Bear, he will find his way. In this lyrical picture book, award-winning creators Raymond Antrobus and Polly Dunbar draw on their own experiences to tell Bear's story.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Is Little Bear ignoring his friends when they say hi, or is something else going on? A discovery opens new doors in a tale that will delight kids with deafness and all children learning to navigate their world.Little Bear feels the world around him. He feels his bed rumble when Dad Bear wakes him up in the morning. He feels the floor shake when his teacher stomps to get his attention. But something else is missing, like when his friends tell jokes that he isn't sure he understands, or when all around him Little Bear hears the question, 'Can bears ski?' Then, one day, Dad Bear takes him to see an 'aud-i-olo-gist," and Little Bear learns that he has been experiencing deafness and will start wearing hearing aids. Soon he figures out what that puzzling refrain is: 'Can you hear me?' Little Bear's new world is LOUD and will take some getting used to, but with the love and support of Dad Bear, he will find his way. In this lyrical picture book, award-winning creators Raymond Antrobus and Polly Dunbar draw on their own experiences to tell Bear's story.