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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.
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
Posted April 12, 2007
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2002
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2002
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?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2012
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