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August 2022 Juvenile Fiction

  • Reading Levels

    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: F Lexile measure: AD200L
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
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    Distributor: UTP Distribution Availability: Not yet available Expected Ship Date: Aug 19, 2022 Carton Quantity: 1 $21.95 CAD
    $17.95 USD
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Bear Has a Belly
By (author): Jane Whittingham
Jane Whittingham


Pajama Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Reinforced binding
Hardcover , Reinforced binding


Juvenile: Age (years) 2 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K
Aug 16, 2022
$21.95 CAD


9in x 9 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

24 pages


Full-colour photographs throughout
Pajama Press Inc.
Pajama Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Body
Early years / early learning concepts|Children’s / Teenage: Poetry|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Nature, animals, the natural world|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Body and health|Interest age: from c 3 years
  • Short Description

From the author of Animals Move, another Big, Little Concepts photographic celebration of children, animals, and our wonderful, diverse bodies.

In this multilayered Big, Little Concepts book for preschoolers, explore body parts along with animals and celebrate the differences and similarities of our wonderful bodies

Bear has a belly: a soft, round belly. Bear has a belly. I do too!

Do you have a nose like Fox, cheeks like Squirrel, and a tongue like Frog does? In rhythmic text perfect for an energetic read-aloud, Bear Has a Belly points out Moose’s legs, Otter’s back, and Duck’s feet, inviting little ones to chime in with every body part they share in common. Bright photographs of the animal friends are paired with images of real children of diverse backgrounds and abilities who are joyfully engaging with that body part.

Jane Whittingham, author of Animals Move and A Good Day Ducks, channels her expertise as a children’s librarian into yet another celebration of active preschooler fun. The chant-along text supports pattern recognition for language learning and reading readiness, and a closing spread of enriching age-appropriate activities invite further exploration and learning. The book’s Toddler Tough format with a padded cover, rounded corners, and extra-heavy pages makes it a sturdy choice for endless repetitions of foot-stomping, belly-laughing, body-positive story times.

  • Part of the Big, Little Concepts series along with Animals Move, Shape Up, Construction Trucks! and Listen Up! Train Song
  • Part of our Toddler Tough imprint, with a padded cover, rounded corners, and extra-heavy pages
  • Includes a parental guide on the back cover with the following categories:
    • Active Fun: Celebrate healthy physical movement
    • Science & Nature: Meet 9 North American animals
    • Rhyme & Rhythm: Boost the brain’s ability to learn language
    • Family Reading Ages 2–5: Read together to foster learning development
  • Specifically written by a Vancouver children’s librarian with early literacy principles in mind
  • Encourages body positivity and healthy movement
  • Photographic books are always in demand by educators, especially from Montessori programs. Animals Move has been especially praised for its representation of children with diverse backgrounds and abilities, and Bear Has a Belly does the same
  • From the author of Animals Move, A Good Day for Ducks, Wild One, and Queenie Quail Can’t Keep Up
  • Concludes with developmentally appropriate activities for caregivers and educators to try with their children
  • Everything said about Animals Move in Youth Services’ starred review is also true of Bear Has a Belly: “This book works in all the ways books for littles should work: engaging subject, pleasing presentation, gentle introduction of new vocabulary, lack of stereotyping, and strong construction for repeated reading and handling.”

Jane Whittingham is a librarian from Burnaby, British Columbia, and earned her Masters of Library and Information Sciences at UBC with an emphasis on children's librarianship and literature. Much like the adventurous main characters in her fiction picture books, Wild One, A Good Day for Ducks, and Queenie Quail Can’t Keep Up, Jane loves to explore. And much like the children photographed in her nonfiction picture book Animals Move, she loves a lively story time!

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