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A story for Bear / Dennis Haseley ; illustrated by Jim LaMarche.

Haseley, Dennis. (Author).
Book Book (2002.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 28 cm.
Publisher: San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2002.
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  • ISBN: 0152002391 :
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: A young bear who is fascinated by the mysterious marks he sees on paper finds a friend when a kind woman reads to him.
Authors: LaMarche, Jim, (ill.).
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 May 2002
    Ages 5-8. The enticing cover sets the stage for this unusual homage to books and reading. When a young bear finds a letter in the fallen leaves, he is fascinated by the mysterious marks on the paper. One afternoon he discovers a cabin in a clearing where a woman is absorbed in a square object. He returns daily, and she coaxes him to come close and reads to him. Though the bear doesn't understand the words, he responds to her intonations. At summer's end when the woman goes away, she leaves her books for the bear. One by one, he carries them back to his cave, where he sleeps through the winter hearing her voice telling tales. Soft-edged acrylic-and-colored pencil illustrations utilize dynamic perspectives to reflect the bear's viewpoint. Compositions effectively employ light and shadow to add subtle drama, and the vivid brownish-orange fur of the bear makes a pleasant counterpoint to the woman's white skin and reddish hair. This gentle message about the power of words is a tender, wistful celebration of the pleasures of reading. ((Reviewed May 1, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2002 February #3
    In Haseley's (Kite Flier) wistful tale of a bear beguiled by a woman he befriends one summer, inconsistencies render the events more puzzling than haunting. The narrative begins from the bear's point of view, as he first discovers "something lying on the ground," which readers can see is a letter. On the next spread, the narrative voice shifts: "Through the years, the bear looked at the paper with wonder it seemed as far away and mysterious as the moon." Next, the text switches to the main action: the bear observes a woman outside her cabin, carrying something he can describe only as "a mysterious square thing." However, in the next sentence he identifies it: "He [tried] to understand what she was doing as she held the book." The tug-of-war in point of view continues as the woman begins to read aloud to the bear. At the end of her stay, she leaves her books for him (even though he cannot read), and he takes them back to his cave, where they provide him with comfort all winter. LaMarche's (The Raft) shimmering pastel spreads go far to carry the tale over its rough spots. The artwork conveys the bear and the woman in growing intimacy, their heads drawing closer together over the shared books. Nature scenes chronicle the passing of the summer; in the sky behind them, geese fly south, hinting at her departure. Yet LaMarche alone cannot clarify the narrative. Some children may find the magic in this peaceable kingdom, but more will be left outside, wondering what to make of it. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2002 March
    K-Gr 2-A young bear finds a piece of paper with black marks on it in the woods and keeps it for several years, wondering about its meaning. One summer, he wanders farther than usual and discovers a cabin in a clearing, and a woman holding a mysterious square thing in her hands. He returns day after day, his curiosity compelling him closer to her. One afternoon, she invites him to sit with her. Thus begins a daily routine of the woman reading aloud to the bear, who cannot understand the words, but is mesmerized by the tones and melodies of her voice. The bear is anthropomorphized, but still a believably realistic wild bear. LaMarche's illustrations, done in warm tones of acrylic and colored pencil on watercolor paper, back up this realistic tone. There are a couple of awkward elements in the plot, the most obvious of which is the letter that begins the story and reappears in the middle but is never explained. However, children are not likely to notice the snags, but will focus instead on the gentle warmth of the story.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Haseley, Dennis. "A story for Bear." San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2002.

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