Bear on a Bike

Written by Stella Blackstone
Illustrated by Debbie Harter

For ages 0 to 5

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This book is best for:
  • auditory closure
  • labelling
  • question and answer
  • rhyming
  • setting


A young boy tries to keep up with Bear as he visits a variety of places while trying out different forms of transport. They travel by bicycle to the market, by raft to the forest, and by train to the seaside, just to name a few!

Bear on a Bike is a brightly coloured picture book that is packed full of detailed scenes to explore - label all the food at the market, describe the forest animals, and laugh at the silly things happening on the beach. The multiple setting changes in the story can be used to introduce children to different story settings.

The text is structured in a question-and-answer format, which is repeated on each page: "Bear on a bike, As happy as can be, Where are you going, bear? Please wait for me!" The repetitive and predictable text makes this a fantastic book for creating auditory closure opportunities (e.g. “bear on a….” wait for the child to name the appropriate transport).

* Special thanks to Leah Lomiansky for this book recommendation

For further speech and language targets in Bear on a Bike, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Descriptive Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • animals
  • transport

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /b/ - bear, bike, boat, be, buffaloes, balloon, goodbye
  • /f/ - for, forest, fox, fish, buffaloes
  • /k/ - can, carriage, castle, raccoons, market, rocket
  • /m/ - me
  • /p/ - people, happy
  • /r/ blends - fruit, friends, train, creatures, prowl, prairie, princes, princess
  • /w/ - where, wait
  • conjunctions (and)
  • present progressive tense (I'm going)
  • objective pronouns (me)
  • subjective pronouns (I)
  • action verbs (e.g. run, ride, row, fly, dance)
  • labelling (transportation, animals)
  • describing (different scenes)
  • where (where are you going bear?)
  • setting
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by Barefoot Books Ltd in 2006 (ISBN: 9781905236985)

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