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The Other Bears

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Mother and Father Koala don't like the pandas' ears, and don't trust the polar bears. In fact, they don't approve of any of the bears that are different from them. But all their grumpiness melts away when they see their little bears playing happily with the other little bears. They realize that their similarities far outweigh their differences. The Other Bears is an eloquent tale about tolerance and acceptance. Now available in Arabic/English.

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Mother and Father Koala don't like the pandas' ears, and don't trust the polar bears. In fact, they don't approve of any of the bears that are different from them. But all their grumpiness melts away when they see their little bears playing happily with the other little bears. They realize that their similarities far outweigh their differences. The Other Bears is an eloquent tale about tolerance and acceptance. Now available in Arabic/English.

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Editorial Reviews

Brisbane's Child/Perth's Child/Melbourne's Child
A timely tale of love and acceptance, without undue moralizing. The brightly colored and highly expressive watercolor-and-ink illustrations add a wonderful dimension to the story.
Reading Time magazine
Full of beautiful illustrations ... Thompson's simple narrative and gentle images touch on something deeper and more universal ... suggests that it is perhaps through the young that the fear of differences can be overcome.
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
PreS-K—In this story about accepting individual and cultural differences, a family of koala bears (identified as marsupials on the end pages) reacts differently to families of "other bears" who arrive, with the parents complaining and the children applauding the various differences. Unfortunately, rather than celebrating diversity, the text often emphasizes inappropriate cultural and racial stereotypes and appropriation rather than friendship. For example, the family of Chinese panda bears, shown on the end pages singing karaoke, receives praise for their food, while the noisy American black bear family, featured with a basketball on the end pages, is praised for good music. The stark, white background sometimes detracts from the richly colored illustrations, but the renderings of the polar bears and sun bears are elegant and lovely, and the images offer plenty of opportunity to explore the details of the chosen cultural identity of each bear family. Not recommended for most libraries due to the cultural stereotypes. For a more sensitive celebration of diversity for very young children, try Mem Fox's Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Houghton Harcourt, 2008).—Sarah Westeren, Richland Library, Columbia, SC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595726384
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Thompson is a doctor, an author, and an illustrator.

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