The Bear That Heard Crying

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A fictionalized retelling of the true story of three-year-old Sarah Whitcher, who, in 1783, became lost in the woods of New Hampshire and was protected by a bear until her rescue four days later.

A fictionalized retelling of the true story of three-year-old Sarah Whitcher, who, in 1783, became lost in the woods of New Hampshire and was protected by a bear until her rescue four days later.

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Overview

A fictionalized retelling of the true story of three-year-old Sarah Whitcher, who, in 1783, became lost in the woods of New Hampshire and was protected by a bear until her rescue four days later.

A fictionalized retelling of the true story of three-year-old Sarah Whitcher, who, in 1783, became lost in the woods of New Hampshire and was protected by a bear until her rescue four days later.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this fictionalized retelling of an event that occurred in the summer of 1783, three-year-old Sarah Whitcher wanders into the New Hampshire woods and disappears. After four days, a community search party comes upon Sarah's footprints with bear tracks beside them, and concludes the worst: ``She's been torn to pieces!'' The next day, a stranger appears, claiming that he has seen the child in a dream. The vision leads to Sarah's rescue, and the community celebrates her safe return with a great feast. Readers will be intrigued by the authors' real-life connection to the story's heroine (Sarah is an ancestor of sisters Kinsey and Kinsey-Warnock). Although Rand's watercolors include some cliched poses (as when Sarah curls up beside the bear with her hands neatly clasped under her head), their luminous gray-green palette is appropriately woodsy. Without being overtly cute, Sarah's ursine rescuer is a particularly benign and cozy presence. Plainly told, this sturdy tale exudes comfort. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140558548
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 348,645
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

"I grew up on a dairy farm in a region known as Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, along with one sister and three brothers in an area our Scottish ancestors settled almost two hundred years ago.

"Since graduating from Johnson State College Vermont with majors in both art and athletic training, I have worked as a coach, trainer, energy auditor for the Extension Service, and most recently as Elderhostel Director and cross-country ski instructor at the Craftsbury Sports Center before turning to writing full-time.

"I have many passions. I am an athlete, naturalist, artist, and a writer, and all of the things I do are rooted in the Northeast Kingdom. I run five to ten miles each morning, cross-country ski, mountain bike, swim, and play tennis. I also played field hockey all across the country for many years. I love the outdoors, and study and sketch birds and wildflowers which are most often the subjects of my watercolor paintings. For the past seven years, my husband, Tom, and I have been building a timber-frame house. We both enjoy working with wood, and Tom shares my love of the land, sports and animals: we have a Morgan horse, five dogs, and eight cats. We love gardening and have planted an orchard of old apple varieties. And I love histories and walking old cemeteries.

"My first children's book, The Canada Geese Quilt, grew out of my love and admiration for my grandmother, Helen Urie Rowell, and a special quilt the two of us made together. My grandmother began quilting when she was in her sixties, and over the next fifteen years she made over 230 quilts. I designed about twenty of them. Most of them are of birds, wildflowers and starry skies, but one is of Canada geese — and that inspired the book.

"My husband and I live in Albany, Vermont, where I am always at work on new books."

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2011

    highly recmmended

    Could you imagine that you got lost in the woods and you met a bear that was nice? I bet Sarah didn't. The Bear That Heard Crying is about a girl who gets lost in the mountains and then the bear helps the girl. The main characters were bear and Sarah. The setting in the story was in the mountains this is important because there wouldn't be a story if it wasn't in the mountains. My opinion is that you should read The Bear That Heard Crying because this is a really good book. I like when she gets home because the men are happy and shoot their guns in the air. I recommend this book because it is a really good book. I think anyone who is in the 3rd grade can read this book because it is a just right book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    Miracles really do happen for those who believe

    The miracle a small child and her family experienced in the backwoods of New Hampshire. A lost little girl is cared for by a big black bear; without whom she would have died in the wilderness--and her mother who wouldn't give up.

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