What a Scare, Jesse Bear

White Carlstrom, N. (1999). What a scare, Jesse Bear. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.

Jesse Bear has a fabulous time engaging in all things Halloween, including carving pumpkins, picking out his costume, and even trick-or-treating!

Genre: Fiction

Grade: PreK-2nd

Readers who will like this book: Children who celebrate Halloween, children who like to play dress up, children who like rhyming stories with lots of rhythm!

Response and rating: 2; Simply put, I thought this book was too boring for a classroom context. The storyline was very simple and while this may be good for younger children, I had a hard time picturing where this could fit into a diverse classroom context. The book is the epitome of a traditional Halloween book, but one thing that I did like is that the characters are bears rather than human children. I think that I might read this book to my students just for fun, but it is not something that I would structure a large plan around.

Question: What is your favorite thing about Halloween? Why?


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