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Pioneer Bear: A True Story (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 2 Book)

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A photographer travels to a Minnesota farm to take a picture of Bearly, the dancing bear cub, only to discover that he is nowhere to be found. But the cub makes a mysterious appearance in the family photo album after all in this heartwarming true story of pioneer days.

Andrew and his family are excited when a photographer comes to take a picture of their dancing bear, but then Bearly can't be found.

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Overview

A photographer travels to a Minnesota farm to take a picture of Bearly, the dancing bear cub, only to discover that he is nowhere to be found. But the cub makes a mysterious appearance in the family photo album after all in this heartwarming true story of pioneer days.

Andrew and his family are excited when a photographer comes to take a picture of their dancing bear, but then Bearly can't be found.

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Gr 1-3A delightful adventure for beginning readers. When Andrew Irwin finds an orphaned bear cub in the woods, he takes it home and teaches it tricks. News of this clever animal reaches the town photographer, John Lacy, and he travels 30 miles to the farm to take its picture. When he arrives, the six Irwin children search everywhere, but no one can find it. As the light of day begins to fade, Lacy offers to take a family portrait instead. The finished portrait shows that curious Bearly was, indeed, a part of it. Pioneer activities such as washing laundry in tubs, chopping wood, harvesting and storing vegetables, and smoking meats are realistically presented in warm watercolor illustrations. Readers will giggle as they find Bearly in the bushes, on the roof, and behind the outhouse as Andrew and his brothers and sisters search for the camera-shy bear. Pioneer Bear will have broad appeal because of its action and suspense.Mary Ann Bursk, Bucks County Free Library, Levittown, PA
Stephanie Zvirin
This entry in the Step into Reading series is for children who've mastered some reading basics. The story is nicely straightforward: a pioneer photographer hoping to photograph a bear belonging to little Andrew accomplishes his goal--but not in the way he planned. Without being overly cute, the soft-edged watercolors evoke a variety of pioneer settings, at the same time offering a few surprises to readers (kids will periodically spot the bear hiding from its adopted family). The story isn't particularly fresh, but it's gently humorous and light, and it will bring pleasure to children ready to expand their reading experiences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679960508
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 2 Book
  • Pages: 43
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    Captivating and Fun

    A delightful story that holds the interest of my kids. Each page-turn brings excitement as my child knows he will be looking for the lurking Bearly, the bear befriended by young Andrew. The 'old time' setting also affords opportunity to talk with my child about how things were in the early 1900s and helps build awareness that things now are not the way it has always been. Very sweet and warm illustrations.

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