Bears on Wheels

by Stan Berenstain

Hardcover, 1969


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E Be


Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.: Random House Childrens Books (1969), Edition: Book Club, 1 pages


An acrobatic act begins with one bear on a unicycle and ends with twenty-one bears and sixteen wheels flying through the air.

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LibraryThing member LindseyStolp
This book presents bears on bicycles presenting the numbers 1 through 21. The book has colorful pictures to keep the children's attention.

I liked this book because it does not stop at ten like most other counting books. One thing I did not like about the book was that it does not start at zero.
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Children need to know this because the number system starts at zero.

The children can bring in their bicycles one day and ride them around the playground. The teacher could ask how many bicycles are different colors or sizes. Another idea would be to make bicycles on paper and then have the children past brown fluff to the papers on the bicylces.
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LibraryThing member conuly
This is one of the earlier Berenstain Bear books, and it shows. As you can see by the cover, the bears on the *inside* of this book are less stylized and cutesy than the bears in the newer books, and the story is an early reader instead of a longer read-aloud.

It's a cute little story about a cub
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and his misadventures with his bike. The illustrations make it perfect, as he's constantly getting jumped on, or falling off, or colliding with other bears.

There are only a few words per page, with a basic vocabulary, so this one is perfect both for early readers and for little-little ones learning to talk. However, don't expect it to help your child learn to count, it's not really a good book for that. It mentions numbers, but it doesn't really mention counting, or go through the numbers consecutively.
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LibraryThing member ashtonrice
good book about the berenstain bears riding bikes!
LibraryThing member JDHensley
This story was about bears that rode bicycles. The bears were stacked on top of each other. Sometimes the bears had one on one bicycle and sometimes the bear had three on one bicycle. This story teaches children how to start counting numbers.
LibraryThing member dbhutch
This is a counting book about the Berenstain Bears in wheels
LibraryThing member missamellon
Very simple math couched in a funny story. Fun for all ages!
LibraryThing member OliviaBarrett11
This book is pretty good. It was a fun counting book for preschoolers. They could count the bears on the bikes. They also could see how many actually end up on the bike and that was only one. The could could have lots of fun with this. I could connect with this with counting activities for the
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children. The pictures were great throughout the book.
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LibraryThing member JohannaJ
This is a great book for begging readers. It's very simple, but there is a lot of action packed into the story. It's funny too and adults will think it's funny.
LibraryThing member clwalker
Many bears are riding unicycles, bicycles, and multi-wheeled cycles in this book written by the authors of the "Berenstain Bears" series. Things start out simply for one bear riding upon a unicycle, but they get progressively more difficult as numerous bears jump on to take a ride.
LibraryThing member akitso1
I like this book but I don't love it. The Berenstain Bears is a classic series of fun children's books. However, that is all they are - fun. As an adult reading these books, I see that they are fun but I don't think they offer any real important messages to adults or children. This particular book
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was about counting which is good but it was not very educational. I do like that these stories are written about bears and not people. The personification of animals is always appealing to a young soul. I do not think there are real "big messages" in this book. The only one I would really observe is counting - adding/subtraction. Other than that, I can't see any important messages.
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LibraryThing member HaleyAnger
"Bears on Wheels" is about the journey of one bear on a unicycle. He comes in contact with multiple other bears whom either want to join him on his unicycle or ride past him on some other mode of transportation.

I would use this book in my classroom because it would be a great unit in counting. It
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can easily be made interactive and the children could count with me.

Recommended age group: 4-7 years
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LibraryThing member David.Alfred.Sarkies
It seems as if the Berensteins can do no wrong, that is if their goal is to write a bunch of books with no plot whatsoever, yet are still entertaining, and in some ways amusing. Yes, I know, this is a kid's book, but shouldn't kid's books actually have a plot. Well, I guess it depends on the
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purpose of the kid's book. I guess the genius of these books is that they have no plot, but they teach children to read and they do it in a most entertaining way. I know that it is entertaining because I can remember as a kid I was really entertained by the books. In fact I loved the Dr Suess books (and really did not think all that much of the Little Golden books).
This story is about a bear on a monocycle and as he travels on his monocycle other bears jump onto him and then off of him, and as such it is simply a process of counting all the way through the book. By reading this books we are able to identify the words and the numbers that these words represent. I guess that is the essence of language, being able to understand the meaning of the words in a way that other people also understand them. I am sure we can easily make up our own languages (as Amy Ferra Fowler does in the Big Bang Theory – and I believe Sheldon Cooper has done it as well) but what is the point of constructing a language that nobody knows (unless that language is a computer language, and as long as a computer understands the language it is pointless whether anybody else understands it because that language is simply a way for you to communicate with a computer).
Some dude named Wittgenstein wrote a lot about language and sees it in a most unusual light. As far as Wittgenstein is concerned language is actually meaningless and the only reason language has meaning is because we attach meaning to it. Language developed as a means for us to communicate with each other, and as we seek to distinguish more things from other things, our languages grow ever more complex, but also as complexity develops, people are also lazy and end up simplifying it. As such we have new forms of language, such as the language used when sending text messages (though that has changed with smartphones where the phone can predict the word you want to use).
It was funny how many people got really upset at the use of text symbols replacing the English Language, but we must remember that this symbolic language is an organic development that allowed quick and easy communication with other people in a way that they can understand. With the awkwardness of writing a message on a mobile phone, a means of being able to do it quicker and simpler had to develop, and this, as I suggested, developed organically.
Gee, it looks like I have spiral off from a commentary on a children's book into a post-modernist view of language.
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LibraryThing member dayspring777
A great book for early readers or counters. This book has a lot of fun pictures.

Ahhhhhh (sigh), I like it a lot because I had it when I was little and because there are so many things to count for my little ones.
LibraryThing member Kesterbird
for a counting book, this isn't bad


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1 p.; 8.6 inches


0394909674 / 9780394909677


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