Humphrey's Bear

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A classic bedtime story, newly redesigned.

In Humphrey's dream, his teddy bear comes to life and joins him on adventures by the sea. Featuring gorgeous illustrations by William Joyce, this loving story of Humphrey and his bear was inspired by the author's memories of an old Steiff bear that belonged to his father.

Unavailable in hardcover since 1977, this edition features a newly designed jacket by William Joyce, new endpapers, and an updated ...

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Overview

A classic bedtime story, newly redesigned.

In Humphrey's dream, his teddy bear comes to life and joins him on adventures by the sea. Featuring gorgeous illustrations by William Joyce, this loving story of Humphrey and his bear was inspired by the author's memories of an old Steiff bear that belonged to his father.

Unavailable in hardcover since 1977, this edition features a newly designed jacket by William Joyce, new endpapers, and an updated reset interior text. Humphrey's Bear is now available in both paperback and hardcover-perfect for introducing this bedtime classic to a new generation of readers.

A Christopher Award winner, 1987

A Redbook Top Ten Picture Book of 1987

An IRA-CBC Children's Choice for 1988

Humphrey has wonderful adventures with his toy bear after they go to bed at night, just as his father did before him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Humphrey sleeps with the toy bear his father used to have. As the boy drifts off, the bear grows huge, and bossy (``Here is your cap,'' he says. ``Get moving''). The boat to the dream sea leaves from the backyard, and they sail away. Humphrey loses the bear in a typhoon but finds him washed ashore on an island, where the bear has become gentlehe plays the banjo and serves hot chocolate. Humphrey's father wakes him gently to say that he, too, used to follow the bear. The abrupt ending and the parental hovering at the end seem jarring and and inconclusive. The dream sequence, illustrated in dark seagoing vistas, and the island landscapes are effective. For characterization, this isn't as consistent and beguiling as other favorite storytime bears, but Humphrey's is better than the average. Ages 58. (April)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Author and illustrator credit the influence of animated films of 30 years ago and more on their work, and it's easy to imagine a bouncy cartoon soundtrack accompanying this simple adventure tale. Father grumbles, ``Isn't Humphrey too old to sleep with a toy bear?'' He's forgotten his own childhood joy in dreamtime sailing with that very same bear. The dreaming child sets off with his toy. They are caught by a typhoon and wash up on an island. The blue coloring, the details of palm trees, ocean, and the island setting unmistakably recall Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. Humphrey's story, like that classic, begins with parental disapproval, only to end in reconciliation. Humphrey is too passive to interest children the way feisty Max does; nor is Humphrey's bear, grown overnight many times larger than the boy, entirely sympathetic. There is something unsettling that the last page fade-out of dad, bear, and boy cuddling together can't put to rest. The jacket art shows the two adventurers as a parent would see them looking down. Boy and bear are nestled in bed, cozy and vulnerable. It's a wonderful illustration. Gentle story or lackluster homage? This team is too good and the book too carefully made to disregard, but probably just as many children will be indifferent to it as are passionately attached. Anna Biagioni Hart, Sher wood Public Library, Alexandria, Va.
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"The warm and tender relationships between boy and teddy-bear-as-toy and between boy and teddy-bear-as-friend will send youngsters scurrying for their own special comforters. Imbued with a warm, gentle spirit, this book is one to treasure."—Booklist, starred review

"With their sculptural figures and careful design, [Joyce's illustrations] are reminiscent of Van Allsburg's work, with the nice addition of a family depicted with warmth and tenderness."—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805003321
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.33 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Wahl is the author of more than one hundred books for children. He lives in Toledo, Ohio.

William Joyce is the creator of many bestselling and award-winning picture books, including Dinosaur Bob, Santa Calls, and Rolie Polie Olie. Humphrey's Bear was one of the very first books he illustrated. He lives with his wife and two children in Shreveport, Louisianna.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    A Book for the Young-at-Heart

    This is such an adorable story. It's about the adventures of a boy and a bear that the boy's father passed down to him. The pictures are a bit dark (since it takes place during bedtime) but it's very cute.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Wonderful Story

    My daughters enjoyed having this wonderful story read to them and looking at the beautiful pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Good bedtime story

    I gave this as a gift , but read it over, and it sounded excellent for a bedtime story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2010

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    Cute book

    Great bedtime book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

    Cute story...

    This is a cute story. The pictures are pretty, but not very bright like most childrens books. Sure to be a hit with the children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    My dad read this to me

    When I was little my dad read this to me and to this day I still have it. Its a good heartfelt book.

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