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Fiction Evaluation Form

(Picture Books, Folklore, Modern Fantasy, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Multicultural Books)

Your Name: Xin Miao Book Title: A Visitor for bear


Author: Bonny Becker Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton

Genre: Picture Book Publisher/Year: 2008

EVALUATE THE BOOK USING THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS


STYLE and Language: Explain the language used – word choices, sentence length, dialogue, rhythm, rhyme.
Explain unexpected insights or interesting information the reader learns from the story. Give examples form
the book
There are variety of words used in this book.
They are both short sentences and long sentences.
The author makes most of the dialogue from the bear in bigger size, too show the reader how mad
the bear was.
The reader learns how important a friend can be.
For example: By the end, the mouse wants to leave, but the bear said, “Don’t go!” and he also takes
the “No visitors allowed” sign off.
There is Repeating sentence “There was the mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed.”

CHARACTER – Who is the main character? Explain the character’s personality traits. How can the reader
relate to the character, become involved in the story?
Who are the supporting characters? Give examples of both.
The main character is the bear. He doesn’t want any friends, he also put a “no visitors allowed” sign in
front of his door.

The mouse is the supporting character. He is very small but very smart. He can always find a way to go
to the bear’s house.

1. PLOT: (Explains the major events in the story.) Summarize the plot

The bear doesn’t want any friends -> The mouse knocks on his door, he wants to have some food/tea
with the bear -> The bear gets very mad and asks the mouse to leave -> The mouse always finds a way
back to the bear’s house -> The bear finally gives up, he allows the mouse to stay and having some
food together. But the mouse must leave when finishing the meal -> The mouse agreed -> They had a
lot of fun when they were eating -> mouse wants to leave when they finished the meal -> The bear
realized that he needs some friend like this little mouse -> The bear asks the mouse to stay -> The
mouse said I promised I will leave after the meal, and points at the sign “no visitors allowed” -> The
bear pulls down the sign -> The mouse stayed at the bear’s house and they become friends.

2. SETTING – Explain the place and time of the book.


THEME- What is the story’s theme or lesson?
Setting: The story happened in a bear’s house, it was the fall season during the day time.
Theme: Everyone needs a friend.

ILLUSTRATION –Analyze the illustrations in the book (see Chapter 4) with the categories below: Choose a 2-
page spread in the book to answer the following:
What Style (realism, surrealism, expressionism, impressionism, naïve, cartoon art)?
Cartoon art , expressionism
Media (paints, oils watercolors, pencil, pen, charcoal, crayons, acrylic, chalk) :
Watercolors, Ink, paint

Visual elements:
Line: Thin line used, draw the outlines of things.
Shapes: square, triangle, circle, rectangle
Color: green, brown, red, blue, yellow, gray
Texture: soft fur, tears, hard floor, nails, soft apron

Explain how illustration and text are combined to tell the story. What do illustrations show that text does not
explain?
On the pages 11-12, the text only said there was the mouse. But the illustration also showed how
shocked the bear was when he opened the shelf. Also the illustration showed the layout of bear’s
house, one chair, one table and the tea cup on the table and an open window.

Describe the Page design: the borders, use of white/dark space, text placement & size, font, placement of illustrations:
The pages use a lot white space, no borders. The texts is in different places. The text is very
interesting, when the bear gets mad and shouts, the text getting very big.

3. CHILD DEVELOPMENT THEORIES – CHOOSE 2 of theories below and evaluate the book according to the
developmental theories. (How the book fits the developmental stage and age?)

PIAGET-COGNITIVE-INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT
Name the stage: Preoperational and the age: 2 -7
Explain the cognitive development from the stage:
Rapid development of concepts (friend, death, birth, good/bad sharing, etc.).

Give examples from the book show how the book fits the cognitive stage:
As the bear and the mouse become friends by the end, the children will think about their own friends.
Also the bear shares the food and the tea with the mouse, children will learn good sharing behavior
from the story.

ERIKSON – PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT


Name the stage __________________________________ and the age_____________________

Explain the social development for this stage:


Give examples from the book that support the social development of this stage:

EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Identify the Age ___7-11 years_______________________________
Explain the emotional development at this age:
Inner standards become part of self-conscious emotions for right actions.

Give examples from the book to illustrate the emotional development of this age:

When the bear finds the mouse, he cried at the mouse and ask him to leave. Mouse feel so sorry and
waited for bear to unbolt the door and let him out again. The children will think about themselves, if
they do something make another person feel mad, they will feel sorry too.

4. Overall Rating of the book (3 highest - 1 lowest) 3


Comments: (Support your overall rating)
It is a great book for children to read. The illustration is very interesting, it shows how the bear and
the mouse act. Children will enjoy flipping the colorful pages and enjoy the story. Also, the theme of
this story is “we cannot live without friends.” For the young age to learn how important friends are.