Bear at the Beach

Bear at the Beach

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by Clay Carmichael
     
 

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"Bear lives with his human friend Clara, who loves him. More than anything though, he wants a father. . . . (So) Bear sets off on a quest to find one. . . . Adults will enjoy sharing their feelings of love with a child as they read, and independent readers will also relate to this engaging little bear".--"School Library Journal" Full color. See more details below

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"Bear lives with his human friend Clara, who loves him. More than anything though, he wants a father. . . . (So) Bear sets off on a quest to find one. . . . Adults will enjoy sharing their feelings of love with a child as they read, and independent readers will also relate to this engaging little bear".--"School Library Journal" Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Verzi Julian
If you've ever wished for a way to explain what home means in the modern world, this book offers words and pictures from the heart to enlighten and comfort all ages. Little bear longs for a father to listen to his secrets, teach him new things, love him as he is, and hold him in the night. His search awakens him to the truth-that he had been looking for someone he already had. As the hermit crab shows him, "Some of us make our homes where we find them." So little bear returns to Clara, the little girl who has kept him safe and loved him all along.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Chapel Hill writer-illustrator Clay Carmichael writes one of those remarkable books that will reach children at the same time that it touches parents. Bear at the Beach tells the story of a small bear who lives with a loving human friend, Clara, but longs for his father, and his longing becomes "an empty place inside him he thought only a father could fill." Bear begins a search, asking all the sea creatures he meets if they have seen his father. They, in return, ask what the missing father is like and Bear reveals the poetry of his longing soul. He seeks someone to tell his secrets to, someone to "play with me, and teach me things and explain when I don't understand." Each friend consoles him, meeting his yearning with wonder at such a person. When the wise hermit crab advises "some of us make our homes where we find them...what matters is that you are safe and cared for and loved," Bear runs home to Clara to tell her of everyone he's met, all that had happened, and "how he had been looking for someone he already had." Carmichael chooses her words with care; they are as simple and glorious as Bear. Her illustrations are a perfect match. The line drawings are as clear as the emotions of the story and the soft watercolors echo its gentle philosophy.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3Bear lives with his human friend Clara, who loves him. More than anything though, he wants a father, someone whom he believes will love him just as he is, will listen to his secrets, teach him things, and hug him in the night. The bear sets off on a quest to find one; in the end, a hermit crab helps him to see that Clara meets all of his needs and more. Carmichael's pastel watercolors with pen and ink add to the summertime seashore setting of this quiet adventure story. Adults will enjoy sharing their feelings of love with a child as they read, and independent readers will also relate to this engaging little bear. This gentle story is best for lap-sharing rather than as a read-aloud to a large group.Mary Ann Bursk, Bucks County Free Library, Levittown, PA
Kirkus Reviews
A depressing fable about Clara's toy bear who longs in vain for a father and makes futile gestures to reach him: "message after message in paper ships" and a sand sculpture ("It is a hard thing to watch your father wash away"). When Bear describes his father to the sea, to a dolphin, and then to the ducks as "someone who loves me just as I am," the ducks reply, "No one's ever loved us as much as that." A clam is just as discouraging. It's left to the hermit crab ("tapping his borrowed shell") to point out Bear's father in the night sky and speak the story's message: "Some of us make our homes where we find them." That would be reassuring if it didn't sound euphemistic for "settling for what you can get." Clara's presence at the end musters only cold comfort.

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ISBN-13:
9781558585706
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Pages:
45
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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