One True Bear

One True Bear

by Ted Dewan
     
 

In the tradition of The Velveteen Rabbit, with adorable classic art, comes the story of Darcy Brewster, one brave teddy-bear cub, who accepts a real challenge--to be a true friend to Damian, a boy who has a long history of destroying his toys. Ready, willing, and able to love and comfort Damian, even if it means putting his own fur on the line, Darcy manages

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In the tradition of The Velveteen Rabbit, with adorable classic art, comes the story of Darcy Brewster, one brave teddy-bear cub, who accepts a real challenge--to be a true friend to Damian, a boy who has a long history of destroying his toys. Ready, willing, and able to love and comfort Damian, even if it means putting his own fur on the line, Darcy manages to capture Damian's heart and imagination, as well as that of any reader.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Darcy Brewster, narrator and hero of the story, is a young cub with the Bear Force. When no bear seems to be able to tame young Damian and become his "One True Bear," Darcy volunteers to try. When Damian becomes rough, Darcy just asks him not to pull off his arms. For how then can he hug him and keep away the bad dreams? Damian stops. Next day Darcy's stuffing spills out in a rough game. He reminds Damian that he needs it to love him "with all my heart." And so, day after day, Darcy survives until he finally does become Damian's beloved "One True Bear." But one day Darcy falls under the bed and remains, waiting for Damian. Years later, an older Damian comes back to take him on a rescue mission, to pass him along to a little girl who needs him. Dewan has created Darcy, the huggable stuffed bear saluting on the cover in military jacket and cap, and invented the adventures that fill the large pages. With sly humor, he supplies the full and double-page spreads with naturalistic illustrations and vignettes of the Bear Force. We also see the small town neighborhood and Damian's activities. Later he depicts the scene of dramatic rescue in a storm. All readers will want a Darcy of their own. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Damian is an energetic boy who is the bane of the Bear Force's existence. No bear has the right stuffing to become his "One True Bear" until Darcy Brewster takes on the mission. He has some close calls, including nearly losing his arms and his stuffing, and almost spending the night in a tree, but his calm and reassuring words of love save him every time. "And I lived to see another day." Soon he fulfills his mission, and there is great rejoicing at headquarters. Eventually Damian outgrows his bear, and Darcy spends many a year waiting under a bed to be called back to duty. Finally a grown-up Damian pulls his bear from under the bed to comfort a child he is going to rescue in a flood, and Darcy knows that his boy has the right stuffing, too. The message of bravery and love is evident throughout the story. Wonderfully rich and detailed illustrations clearly show an active, rambunctious boy who is also capable of some quiet time with his bear. The placement of the text in and around the illustrations reinforces how well they complement one another.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
So far, no teddy bear has captured the heart of a destructive boy named Damian, but stalwart soldier Darcy Brewster of the Bear Force knows he has the right stuffing to be Damian's One True Bear. Colorful illustrations show the dedicated Darcy at work as he endures poking, prodding, ripping and even being left outside, accompanied by Darcy's stoic narration ("And I lived to see another day"). Darcy's efforts are all worthwhile; eventually he does become Damian's One True Bear by patiently explaining that he needs arms to hug Damian, stuffing to love him and fur to comfort him. All is well until Darcy is pushed under the bed where he lies forgotten. Years later, an adult Damian, now a rescue worker, seeks Darcy out and brings him to a new friend, and Darcy realizes that he isn't the only one with the right stuffing. While not wholly original-the story brings to mind The Velveteen Rabbit, for example-this old-fashioned tale is sweet and charming and will bring enjoyment to many a child. (Picture book. 4-7)

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ISBN-13:
9780802784957
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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