This is the true story of how a hot-tub soaking, avocado-loving bear named Samson was saved by a community who found his escapades worth celebrating. Ages 4-8.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn this true story, a bear named Samson leaves his mountain habitat for the backyards of Monrovia, Calif., where he lolls in hot tubs and forages for avocados. At one of his favorite haunts, the Potters' house, the homeowners videotape their furry guest swimming in the pool. One night, the bear appears to be ill, so the Potters call the game warden for helponly to discover that the bear has run afoul of the law. A death sentence is passed, but public outcryfanned by the airing of the videotapeleads to Samson's pardon from the governor and a home at a zoo, complete with private swimming pool and waterfall. Tokuda, a California TV anchor who covered the story in 1994, gives a largely unembellished account. While entertaining, the text reads a bit like an outline, with overly brisk transitions and a number of salient facts relegated to a "prologue" that is actually a succinct version of the story. Millis's (Holy Mole Guacomole!) frolicsome watercolors of a teddy-like bruin amid festively colored backdrops highlight the cozy tone encapsulated in the final comments: "Love is a very powerful thing, and nothing proves that more than the story of the old bear named Samson." Ages 4-8. (May) FYI: A portion of Tokuda's royalties will go to the Orange County Zoo to help care for Samson.
Children's Literature - Joyce RiceThe small town of Monrovia, California became host to a cinnamon-colored bear during the summer of 1994. Nicknamed Samson by the residents of the small town, the bear delighted citizens as he lounged in hot tubs in their backyards. Samson eventually became a problem for lawmakers as he raided garbage cans and destroyed fruit trees in his search for food. He became an overnight celebrity when a plan to capture him and put him to sleep caught the attention of the public. A video was released showing Samson relaxing in a neighborhood hot tub, and the public's response to the troubles of this friendly bear is told in this story. It is a beautiful tale of people and animals caring for and respecting each other. Also, the story provides an opening to discuss the plight of many animals who are being forced out of their homes by urban development. Add this excellent title to your environmental studies collection.
- Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.84(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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