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Bear Came Along

Written by Richard T. Morris & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
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A cheerful and action-packed adventure about the importance of friendship and community from a successful author and illustrator duo!

Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn’t know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren’t any fun by yourself, and so enters Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Racoons, and Duck. These very different animals take off downstream, but they didn’t know they needed one another until thankfully, the river came along.

This hilarious picture book and heartfelt message celebrates the joy and fun that’s in store when you embark together on a ride of a lifetime.

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Quotes from Bear Came Along

  • “Beaver was born to captain; he knew exactly where to go, but he didn’t know about the detours until . . . the raccoons dropped in.”
  • “So many different animals living their separate lives, but they didn’t know they were in it together until . . . the river came along.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Each of the animals’ lives is enriched by their connections with the other creatures. Who in your life makes your life richer, more exciting or more fulfilling? Do they know about their impact on you?

  • The illustrations in this book are incredibly expressive—even without the words, a trip through this book would be an exciting adventure! Try creating your own story to accompany the illustrations as you read through.

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Who Wrote Bear Came Along

Who Illustrated Bear Came Along

LeUyen Pham

LeUyen Pham has illustrated more than fifty books, including board books, picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors, including the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Bronze Medal in the Children’s Book category, and Best Books of the Year lists in publications such as Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book Magazine, and Comic Book Resources. She is also a New York Times bestseller for Grace for President, written by Kelly DiPucchio; Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, written by Julianne Moore; and Princess in Black, written by Shannon and Dean Hale. Born in Vietnam, LeUyen came to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War when she was only two. She studied illustration at The Art Center College of Design, and for a short period of time worked at DreamWorks Animation as a layout artist before turning to illustration full time. She lives with her husband (who is also an artist) and two sons in Los Angeles.

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Richard T. Morris's Book Dedication

For my parents

LeUyen Pham's Book Dedication

For Alex, Leo and Adrien

What Do Critics Say About Bear Came Along

  • This high-spirited tale is a metaphor for life itself, and “Oh, what a ride” it is!

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  • The simplicity of the text and the stylized, comical creatures belie the depth of the message that comes through for even the youngest of readers: We are all in this together, and our differences strengthen our unity. . . Outstanding art perfectly complements the text, showing the animals’ differing personalities while also using color, space, and patterns to create appealing scenery.

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  • Text . . . bounces along with appealing repetition and rhythm, but it’s cleverly designed illustrations by Pham . . . that make this offering a standout choice for reading aloud.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
June 4, 2019
Text Details:
The text was set in 1790 Royal Printing, and the display type was hand-lettered.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations for this book were done in watercolor, ink, and gouache on hot press illustration board.
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