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Tunes for Bears to Dance To

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my review for tunes for bears to dance to

Tunes for Bears to Dance to is a historical fiction book related to World War 2 and the holocaust. In this story, the main protagonist is a boy named Henry, Henry has a dead brother named Eddie, but Henry wants to find a gravestone for his brother Eddie because currentl...
Tunes for Bears to Dance to is a historical fiction book related to World War 2 and the holocaust. In this story, the main protagonist is a boy named Henry, Henry has a dead brother named Eddie, but Henry wants to find a gravestone for his brother Eddie because currently, Eddie doesn¿t have one. One day Henry follows an old man called Mr. Levine to a craft center and discovers that the old man was making a tiny replica of a village that Mr. Levine had lived in during his childhood Mr. Levine had suffered great tragedies during the holocaust and still bears memories of his horrible experiences at Auschwitz. One day, Henry¿s boss, Mr. Harrison, makes an offer for Henry to get a gravestone for his dead brother Eddie, but there¿s a catch, Mr. Harrison wants Henry to do a horrible task, and if he doesn¿t, and to make sure he does it, Mr. Harrison will threaten Henry¿s life, will Henry decide to do the right thing at the cost of his future, or will he do something that could be unforgivable? I feel that this book¿s conflict was very strong, because Henry has to make an extremely tough choice between two things that seem much too important to lose, and in the end, the choice he chose was very surprising, but the book was a little too short. Aside from that I don¿t think that the book had very many weak points. I would probably recommend it to anyone who likes to read about realistic events, as well as some interesting historical facts in the books that they read. Overall, tunes for bears to dance to was pretty good and pretty exciting, I was impressed at how well written it was in spite of the fact that it was a little too short, I personally think that it could have been better if the author had added on to the story a little, as well as if it had a bit more excitement to it.

posted by Anonymous on December 31, 2007

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

Tunes for Bears To Dance To is a novel filled with descriptive lacking relationships and characters, and contains an underdeveloped plot. It is simple, straight forward, and concise, though not worth the time.

posted by Anonymous on December 28, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Tunes For Bears to Dance To book review.

    Tunes For Bears To Dance To is a realistic fiction book. It is a story and an ok book in my opinion. It is an ok book because it could be boring and lose you at times, but it could also be very exciting. I would recommend this book to high school students who like realistic fiction and short reads. The books strong parts are when someone blackmails Henry, Henry¿s decision about the blackmailing and the conclusion of the book. The books weak parts are that the book could lose you at times, it could be boring, and would sometimes say something out of the blue. Even though there are more weaknesses than strengths when you got to the strengths they are very good. A tragedy happens to Henry¿s family and they are all depressed. So they move to Frenchtown where Henry has some bad experiences. He gets blackmailed and breaks his leg, but good things happen to him too. Henry befriends Mr. Levine a man who survived Auschwitz during WW2 and is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Henry makes friends and helps out at the art center where Mr. Levine goes. His dad goes into a hospital because of his deep depression. Henry starts going to the art center a lot but then his boss tells him to stop going there and being with Mr. Levine. Henry notices that Mr. Levine tips his cap to no one and a man tells him why Mr. Levine does that. The next day Henry gets blackmailed by someone to do something bad. The person tells him that it will be easy and that no one will care but Henry knows it is wrong. Henry wonders about the decision all day. Finally Henry makes his decision¿ Will Henry do it or not? Read the book to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2007

    Loved it then, love it now.

    I read this book in seventh grade. It a requirement to read for english. I found the title a bit strange at first, but after reading it, it fit together. I found it on the shelf when I was getting ready to move last year and reread it. Even then, three years later, I found I loved it. Great book! Must read! Even though I enjoyed this book, when I tried reading more by the author I was a bit disappointed. His other books aren't as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    Good book to read in a short time

    Tunes for Bears to Dance to by Robert Comier is an outstanding book. Henry,a boy who moves from his hometown of Frenchtown after the death of his brother, learns a hard lesson about temptation. Henry becomes friends with an old man by the man of Mr. Lenive, who is Jew that suffers from mental problems received from being in a concentration camp. While working for MR. Hairston to help his struggling family, he is given the choice to either do a terrible task that could help his family in the long run or do what is right. Henry has to choose between what is right and what is best for his family when Mr. Hairston tells him to destroy the village that Mr. Lenvine built. Henry moved to Frenchtown after an automobile tragically kills his brother. Henry watches the old man from the window of his home every day. Finally he builds up enough courage to follow him to the center where he be-friends the old man and learns about his past. Henry talks about the old man to his boss Mr. Hairston every day at work. Hairston tells him to both smash the village that Mr. Lenvine has made and receiving all the promised rewards or lose his job and have his family's name destroyed.

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