Friend for Little Bear

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All alone on an island, Little Bear yearns for something to play with. Luckily, a wooden horse floats to his island and plays with him all day. When lots more things drift to Little Bears island, it becomes so crowded that his friend the horse is bumped right off! A story for all ages, A Friend for Little Bear reveals that no matter how many things we desire, what we truly need is a friend.

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Overview

All alone on an island, Little Bear yearns for something to play with. Luckily, a wooden horse floats to his island and plays with him all day. When lots more things drift to Little Bears island, it becomes so crowded that his friend the horse is bumped right off! A story for all ages, A Friend for Little Bear reveals that no matter how many things we desire, what we truly need is a friend.

A toy bear alone on a tiny island learns that of all the things that he has pulled from the sea the wooden horse is the most important.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A bored teddy bear living on a desert island starts collecting flotsam, and is delighted when a playmate, in the form of a wooden horse, drifts by. But Little Bear remains obsessed with floating bounty, and pulls ashore enough items to crowd his little island: "I don't know what these items are... but I need them, all the same." While he is fixated on a new possession, Little Bear almost loses Wooden Horse in a freak accident, and remorsefully learns the value of friendship. Due to the generic characters and contrived story line, the tale's moral is all too transparent. The quaint watercolors are a cut above the tale: first-time author/artist Horse creates a limpid, reflective sea and ethereal open sky, forming an exquisite backdrop for the toy characters, whose simple hinged bodies are as animated as their faces are expressionless. The refreshing pictures breathe life into an uninspired story. Ages 5-7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Stranded on a deserted island, Little Bear uses various treasures gathered from the sea to ease his loneliness until a large wooden horse washes ashore. Little Bear enjoys his new-found company, but old habits die hard; and Little Bear soon returns to his treasure collecting ways. Horse is lost and Little Bear learns an important lesson about friendship. It's a tale simply told about the importance of simplicity.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A simple, charming story complemented by equally charming watercolor illustrations. Stranded on a faraway island, lonely Little Bear tries to find happiness by collecting all kinds of "stuff" that drifts by him. First he finds a wooden horse, then a bottle, a clock, and a guitar-until the island becomes so crowded that the wooden horse falls back into the water. No matter how many treasures he collects, not a single one brings contentment or happiness. Little Bear finally realizes, "I need my friend. I don't need that cup." When the wooden horse floats by once more, Little Bear rejoices. This is an effective springboard for discussions on friendship, values, materialism, loneliness, and happiness, and a story about love that's not to be missed.Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A stuffed bear alone on a tiny island with a single palm tree wishes for something to play with. A bottle floats ashore, and then a spotted wooden horse that becomes Little Bear's first friend. Overnight the sea turns into a floating tag sale, and Little Bear hauls in as much junk as he can grab—so much, in fact, that the wooden horse is crowded off the island when Little Bear isn't looking. Only when Little Bear has gone to the opposite extreme and purges himself of everything he hoarded does his friend float back. "I only need you, Wooden Horse," Little Bear concludes, perhaps not quite as single-minded as before. Horse's first book has a message, one worth repeating. With sweet, engaging pictures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763603427
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.27 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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