Big Bear's Book

Big Bear's Book

by Bjork

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-An anecdotal history of Bjrk's collection of teddy bears and assorted toy friends, as told by Big Bear (with the aid of his owner). He describes himself as the smartest, most responsible ``head of the teddy-bear bureau (and the little-red-doll bureau).'' He relates a charming blend of real and made-up adventures, including the bedtime stories the author's parents told featuring her toy friends. The Bjrk family loved books, and the child's encounters with The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, Heidi, Winnie the Pooh, and The Wind in the Willows will delight other book lovers. As she grows up and puts away her toys, Big Bear and the others seem doomed to a permanent stay in the attic. They are brought down, though, by their adult owner, now living on her own, and their tale ends happily, with Big Bear headed for a career in the movies. Concluding essays, written in Bjrk's adult voice, discuss her love for teddy bears. An afterword, written by a doctor/psychologist, affirms the value of these stuffed toys. Big Bear's Book is a whimsical reminiscence of childhood. Not unlike a family album, it is filled with intimate details and family photos. By and large, though, the book's appeal is primarily for adults.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Lauren Peterson
ger for reading aloud. Teddy-bear lovers everywhere will delight in this unusual and imaginative book. As told by Big Bear, the oldest and smartest of Christina's childhood teddy bears, the narrative is an interesting hodgepodge of stories, ranging from charming bedtime tales Bjork's father told her as a young girl to the history of the teddy bear. There are numerous black-and-white illustrations; vintage photographs, many dating back to the early 1900s, are generously sprinkled throughout the text. (Some of these, however, won't make much sense to today's children, even with the aid of an adult.) Also included are a bibliography of teddy-bear literature, a listing of "toy museums with nice teddy bears," and the address of Good Bears of the World, an organization that donates teddy bears to homeless or abused children.

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R & S Books
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Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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