Prince Bear

Prince Bear

by Helme Heine

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This droll, expertly orchestrated book might be termed an anti-fairy tale, in which Heine ( One Day in Paradise ) gleefully confutes the logic of legend. His fable tells of bears, who could once turn into princesses by kissing them, and princesses, who--if ``bored with living in a castle and always being sweet and good''--could easily become bears by galloping into the forest on horseback. But civilization and bureaucracy interfere with these charmed lives: trees are felled and roads built, bears are obliged to apply for licenses to hunt or fish, and princesses, overwhelmed with requests, refuse to receive any more kisses. A standoff between placard-brandishing bear protesters and princesses by now afraid to leave their castles results in a stalemate, frustrating all concerned. Heine's winsome, spirited watercolors are full of mood and motion, sweetly sending up the foibles of human politics. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS--In this senseless tale of bears who can turn into princes by kissing a princess, and princesses who may turn into bears by kissing a bear, readers find that advancing society upsets the balance of nature so that all bears wish to become princes, and no princess wants to become a bear. The prin cesses' unwillingness to become bears stop this transformation, and now prin cesses and bears must remain who they are. Watercolors full of fun and fluff try to convey the humor in this tale, but do not succeed. The bears resemble over grown Teddy bears, and every princess is small and slender with long golden hair. As a message of man's inhumanity to nature, the story falls flat for lack of a viable storyline.--Regina Pauly, Free Library of Philadelphia

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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1st American ed
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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