Posted in Preschool Reads

Book Review: Bears on Chairs, by Shirley Parentau/illus. by David Walker (Candlewick Press, 2009)

bears_coverRecommended for ages 2-5

In this story about sharing, compassion, and teamwork, four little bears sit comfortably on four little chairs until Big Brown Bear shows up and wants to sit down. The four little bears work together to find a seating arrangement that works for all five bears. The brief text offers a rhythm that makes it a good story time candidate, and David Walker’s acrylic illustrations use soothing pastel hues that allows readers to focus on the story.

There are many story time ideas here: we can create a teddy bear story time, with songs like Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Elvis Presley’s “Teddy Bear”, which will get children and adults alike up and moving. Children can bring their favorite teddy bear to cuddle during the story time, and we can incorporate fingerplays including Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear. Other story time ideas include a sharing and friendship-themed story times, with songs and fingerplays about sharing like “If You’re Friendly and You Know It” (to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”).



I'm a mom, a children's librarian, bibliophile, and obsessive knitter. I'm a pop culture junkie and a proud nerd, and favorite reads usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I review comics and graphic novels at WhatchaReading ( I'm also the co-founder of On Wednesdays We Wear Capes (, where I discuss pop culture and geek fandom from a female point of view.

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