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Children's Fiction Opposites

What's Up, Bear?

A Book about Opposites

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Sean L. Moore

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2012
Opposites, New Experience, General, City & Town Life
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2012
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 5
  • Grade: p to 2


In Where Are You, Bear?, Sophie and her best friend Bear discovered Canada from A to Z. Now, they’re off to explore New York City through nearly twenty pairs of opposites!
Sophie can’t wait to see New York, while Bear would much rather they just stay home. Sophie loves speeding around in a taxi cab, but Bear wishes the driver would slow down. Up and down, stop and go, tall and short, and many more opposite pairs are illustrated using iconic New York experiences, buildings, and landmarks.
Then, when Sophie spies a window full of new bears in a toy store, Bear begins to worry he is too plain and old to compete with all the city has to offer. He’s proven right temporarily when Sophie forgets him in the toy store, but a helpful young boy and his mother find Bear and return him to Sophie at her hotel. The reunion is a happy one, and Sophie and Bear realize they love each other — no matter where they are!

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

SEAN L. MOORE has written and illustrated a number of books for children, including Always Run Up the Stairs; Veggies, Smeggies; Yellow Blues; and Doggie Bag. He lives with his dog, Zeke, in Vancouver.

Sean L. Moore's profile page


  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Award (British Columbia Readers' Choice)
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Short-listed, Christie Harris Illustrated Book Award, Finalist

Editorial Reviews

This simple story is a good introduction to the concept.

School Library Journal

The phrasing is easy to see on the detailed pages, the concept words stand out in bold print and the book's design is bright and clear. Sean L. Moore does a commendable job of making the cartoon-like characters and the big city setting stand out.

Sal's Fiction Addiction

Throughout, readers will be captivated by both Sophie's and Bear's facial expressions; Sophie's exuberance is obvious, while the patched and well-loved Bear looks like he might lose his lunch after riding the subway. Where will the lovable Bear and his best friend travel next?

Kirkus Reviews

opposite pairs are illustrated using iconic New York experiences, buildings and landmarks.

YA Book Central

A warm hearted tale to bring smiles to everyone.

Kids' Bookbag

enables young readers to take stock of their responses to new experiences outside the security of home.

Spirituality & Practice

Moore's crisp digital cartoons capture both the duo's fluctuating emotions and the energy of the city.

Publishers Weekly

Both delightful and educational to read.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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