I thought I saw a bear! - Story Snug

I thought I saw a… bear! by Lydia Nichols

I thought I saw a… bear! is a really cute board book with a very simple text and a repetitive refrain. It introduces young children to different kinds of transport and a bear who likes to hide!

My daughter was insistent that we include this book on Story Snug, she’s no longer a board book reader but thinks this book ‘is cool’!

The Story: I thought I saw a… bear is followed by a question – is it in / on… Readers can then slide the slider to see the bear travelling in various different vehicles.

Introducing babies & toddlers to books is made fun with this little interactive book. It is the perfect size for little hands and has chunky colourful pages. Even the cover has a slider so that children can see the bear on the bus – he looks very cool with his sunglasses! The bear hides in four different modes of transport before he is revealed riding in a race on a ‘vehicle’ that children will be familiar with and may even own themselves. Our favourite illustration shows the bear’s airborne mode of transport but we also like making the little fish jump out of the sea!

Lydia Nichols’ illustrations are full of colour and each page has a slider with a small hole in it which is the perfect size for a little finger. The bear is not completely hidden but pops up in the vehicle when you make him move. The final page slides out to show the bear having a race, we particularly like the competitor in second place!

This is a great book to choose if you’re looking for a fun book to start off a little reader’s library. Although it has a very simple text it provides lots of scope for discussion and learning.

Age Range: 1 +

Author / Illustrator: Lydia Nichols

Thank you Templar Publishing for sending I thought I saw a… bear. We think it’s a really fun read for very little people 🙂


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22 responses to “I thought I saw a… bear! by Lydia Nichols”


  1. BookBairn avatar

    This is definitely The Wee Page Turner’s most read book! He loves it! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I gave a copy to a baby in the family this week. The baby’s dad had a lot of fun with it too 🙂


  2. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    What a cute book. I’ve got nobody to buy this for. Even my youngest niece is past this stage #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I guess you’ll have to wait until you have a grandchild 🙂


  3. Kate Eccles avatar

    Oh this book looks so much fun, I can see why your daughter wanted to include it on Story Snug! Tell her good choice 🙂 My youngest loves these types of interactive board books, so we will definitely keep an eye out for it! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I’ll tell her! It is a lot of fun and several adults who have picked the book up seem really fascinated by the slider 🙂


  4. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds lovely for my smallest nephew.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Have you started a Christmas shopping list yet? It’s the perfect size for a stocking 🙂


  5. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    This sounds like a good book to take on holidays/travels, do a bit of vehicle spotting #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It would be a great book to keep a little person busy during a journey 🙂


  6. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    This looks perfect for younger bookworms. Both of my boys used to love the board books especially the interactive ones.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      I absolutely love interactive board books and the slider in this one is so much fun 🙂


  7. Katrina Fox avatar

    This looks fabulous and just the sort of thing Iris is enjoying at the moment.

    Love your site, I love finding new books to enjoy with Iris.


    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      Thank you Katrina, I’m so happy to hear that Story Snug helps you find books for your daughter. Thank you so much for visiting 🙂


  8. Nic@nipitinthebud avatar

    Those sliders look fab – flaps can be a bit infuriating for little ones and often end up ripped off! Who doesn’t love bears?


    1. Catherine avatar

      The sliders are brilliant and they’re really sturdy too. We’re huge fans of bears in books, we have a lot on our shelves 🙂


  9. Jenni avatar

    Oh this looks amazing, my daughter would have loved this when she was younger, I really love the bold colours on the cover.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely cover isn’t it – quite retro 🙂


  10. Colette avatar

    Oh I do love a book with moving parts for little ones!


    1. Catherine avatar

      The moving parts are really original. I’ve not seen sliders quite like these before.


  11. Kim Carberry avatar

    What a sweet sounding book….It sounds perfect for little ones. #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is and even bigger ones have fun with the slider too!!