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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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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Another Short But Wonderful Book By Cormier

    A very fast read, but full of topics to discuss w/ your YA. It's another Cormier book that delves into the dark side of humanity, although I never get tired of his themes. If parents would read these books, when their children read them, they would find many ways to connect and truely find out where their YA's heads are at.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Wow

    a verry good novel. i recomend to all. somewat depressing at times, yet verry upbeat and joyfull. a verry good read! !! :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Critical Review on Tunes for Bears to Dance to

    Historical Fiction Critical Review: The name of my book I read is Tunes for Bears to Dance to. It is a historical fiction story. It is about a boy named Henry who meets a holocaust survivor whose name is Mr. Levine. Mr. Harriston (Henry¿s employer) pressures him to smash Mr. Levine¿s favorite piece of artwork he has been working on. What do you think Henry will do? Henry¿s brother died which made his father get really depressed. The book is also about making the right choices even when somebody is telling you not to. And last, this book was about loosing people you love. This book¿s strengths are the book is so small and doesn¿t take much time to read, but it holds so much. The author is good at giving a lot of information in few words. In addition it is the type of book that makes you thankful about how we live today, and how we don¿t have to go through the terrible things the people in the holocaust did. One more strength is that this book uses fantastic similes and metaphors. A weakness I often found is that the author uses some more complicated or confusing words. Such as, reverberated, askew, vamoose, beckoned, vigil, and erratic. I myself trouble understanding what these words meant. I would recommend this book, but probably only to middle school students and older because it may not make a lot of sense to little kids. People should read this book because it has important themes everybody should learn. Also, so we don¿t forget what happened in the holocaust. This is a good book for families to read together because it could bring up good discussions everyone could benefit from. This is an over all wonderful book that I enjoyed reading, and kept me interested the whole time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    GREAT BOOK!

    We are reading this book in library. First I thought this book was boring but it was acutally good. The title doesn't go with the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    Great Book

    This is a great book, short and to the point. I read it in a day. It teaches about love and honesty and standing up for what you believe in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2003

    This is a must read.

    This has to be one of the most unforgetable books that I've ever read. I'll never forget the ending as long as I live. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    A VERY good book!

    When I first started to read Tunes for Bears to Dance to,I didnt really want to. It was for summer reading, but then I started to read it, and I really enjoyed it. It made me reconsider things that I do in life, and it made me also be more happy with what I have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2000

    This Book was amazing

    This book was great. Some of the kids in my class didn't like it. I never knew what was going to happen next. My favorite part was when Henery went back to the Arts and crafts center and he saw Mr. Levine working quietly on a new village.

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