The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear

The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear

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by David Bruins, Hilary Leung
     
 

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A twist on the classic game of Rock Paper Scissors, this story celebrates the differences that make three friends unique.See more details below

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A twist on the classic game of Rock Paper Scissors, this story celebrates the differences that make three friends unique.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
This comic book—style story features three amiable characters who challenge each other to a series of contests only to realize that "no one had to be the best. They were each special and unique—just like you and me." Leung's action-filled, brightly-colored illustrations, which have a burnished, wood-grain quality, seem ready-made for animation. With style and humor, the collaborators show how the bear's strength allows him to build a higher rock pile than the ninja, the cowboy's "precision and accuracy" allows him to pick more raspberries than the bear, and the ninja's agility allows him to catch more rabbits than the cowboy. The simple story about accepting one's gifts also provides the basis for a game featuring the three characters, which is described at the end of the book. A variation of "rock-paper-scissors," the game does not rely on hand signals, but encourages children to use full body play as "ninja beats cowboy," "cowboy beats bear," and "bear beats ninja" (an online version of the game is also available, but seems like scant fun compared to striking bear and ninja poses). Ages 4—7. (Sept.)
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In all it’s a wonderfully integrated package about friendship, competition and the celebration of difference.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This fable stars three very different friends: a ninja, a cowboy, and a bear. They usually get along well, but then one day a disagreement erupts. Each one believes that he is the best. To prove this, they compete in rock piling, raspberry picking, and rabbit catching. Since a different character wins each one of these competitions, they all feel unsatisfied and part ways to reflect upon the day. All three reach the same conclusion: each is unique and special in his own way. Thus, their friendship is restored. Readers can take the story a step further with the Ninja Cowboy Bear Game, which is strongly reminiscent of Rock Paper Scissors. The digital-cartoon illustrations are set in comic panels; the art and the occasional Japanese word bubble give the story an anime feel. A fun purchase with a solid message.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Once there were three best friends: a ninja, a cowboy and a bear, and they did everything together. They are all individuals, however, and one day ninja and bear quarrel. When they ask cowboy who is better, cowboy can't decide . . . so he devises a contest. Who can make the bigger pile of rocks? "Although the ninja tried his best, in the end his pile was much smaller than the bear's. So the bear boasted that he was unbeatable." That causes the cowboy to disagree, and another contest ensues. When cowboy wins that one and boasts, ninja disagrees. After the third contest, everyone is quarrelling again-until they individually come to the conclusion that they each have their strengths. Leung's digital illustrations are a perfect blend of Saturday-morning cartoon and manga, and much of the humor is contained within their play off the deadpan text. In all it's a wonderfully integrated package about friendship, competition and the celebration of difference. The game at the back (a version of rock, paper, scissors substituting the characters) will have children hopping up for their own competitions. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554534869
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Ninja Cowboy Bear Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,364,840
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
AD610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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