The Bears of Blue River / Edition 1

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Overview

The Bears of Blue River describes the adventures of a young boy growing up in early nineteenth-century rural Indiana. Little Balser lives with his parents, a younger brother, and a baby sister in a cozy log cabin on the bank of the Big Blue River. Although only thirteen or fourteen years old, he is quite familiar with the dangers and rigors of frontier life. As the story unfolds, the boy becomes lost in the forest, encounters the fierce one-eared bear, and is nearly caught by a bear as he dozes next to what he thinks is a bearskin. This is a book for children or adults who love nature and tales of early pioneer life.

Little Balser, a pioneer boy growing up in early nineteenth-century Indiana, has many adventures and dangerous encounters with bears while learning the ways of the woods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253203304
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1984
  • Series: Library of Indiana Classics Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 784,433
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Major (1856-1913) was an American lawyer and novelist. Born to an upper-middle class Indianapolis family, Major developed in interest in both law and English history at an early age and attended the University of Michigan from 1872 through 1875, being admitted to the Indiana bar association in 1877. Shortly thereafter he opened his own law practice, which launched a short political career, culminating in a year-long term in the Indiana state legislature. Writing remained an interest of Major, and in 1898, he published his first novel, When Knighthood Was in Flower. The novel about England during the reign of King Henry VIII was an exhaustively researched historical romance, and became enormously popular, holding a place on the New York Times bestselling list for nearly three years. Major continued to write and publish several additional novels, to varying degrees of success, as well as a number of children's adventure stories, most set in and around his native state of Indiana.
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Table of Contents

Chapter I The Big Bear

Chapter II How Balser got a Gun

Chapter III Lost in a Forest

Chapter IV The One-eared Bear

Chapter V The Wolf Hunt

Chapter VI Borrowed Fire

Chapter VII The Fire Bear

Chapter VIII The Black Gully

Chapter IX On the Stroke of Nine

Chapter X A Castle on Brandywine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    A great book!

    I read this book when I was in 5th grade back in the 60s and I LOVED it. My mother made me read it because she had loved when she was a kid. It's a great adventure story, a great pioneer story, and it's appealing to both boys and girls. I'm so glad it's back in print!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    It Takes Me Home!

    Although I'm 31 years older now, and have lived in Wisconsin for many years, Mr. Major's book carries me off into Balser's world to this day... Not only to the rich history and lore of the Hoosier State, but also to the hardwood maple floors and the aromas of the brick school I attended. Our fifth grade teacher read it aloud to us each day just before lunch, and I recall how easy it was to stay focused on the story even as the smell of the cafeteria wafted into the classroom! I couldn't wait until she finished the story so I could check it out from the library. Like Mr. Melton (above review), this piece, among others, inspired me in the direction of journalism and songwriting. It should be required reading at least for Indiana classrooms. It's wonderful read for the 10-13 age group, but also is a captivating read for those of us who long for 'the good ole' days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2002

    The greatest book of my childhood

    I am 60 years old now but this book caused me to become a writer. My teacher, Mrs. Carr read it to us in the third grade and we could not wait to get to school to hear what happened next. Truly the most wonderful book I ever heard, but I thought there were two books. Where is the second one. Brandywine something?

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