The Bear That Heard Crying

The Bear That Heard Crying

by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Helen Kinsey


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An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Book. The drama of this unbelievable but true story is enhanced by Ted Rand’s stunning illustrations.

In June 1783, three-year-old Sarah Whitcher wanders into the woods and disappears. For three long days, friends and neighbors search fruitlessly for her. Then a stranger leads the desperate family to a pine tree beneath which the child lies. Sarah tells her rescuers of the “big black dog” that kept her warm every night—but the bear tracks encircling her tell a different tale. 
“A treat for ‘pioneer story’ buffs.”—School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140558548
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/01/1997
Series: Picture Puffin Books
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,141,908
Product dimensions: 8.13(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

"I grew up on a dairy farm in a region known as Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, along with one sister and three brothers in an area our Scottish ancestors settled almost two hundred years ago.

"Since graduating from Johnson State College Vermont with majors in both art and athletic training, I have worked as a coach, trainer, energy auditor for the Extension Service, and mostrecently as Elderhostel Director and cross-country ski instructor at the Craftsbury Sports Center before turning to writing full-time.

"I have many passions. I am an athlete, naturalist, artist, and a writer, and all of the things I do are rooted in the Northeast Kingdom. I run five to ten miles each morning, cross-country ski, mountain bike, swim, and play tennis. I also played field hockey all across the country for many years. I love the outdoors, and study and sketch birds and wildflowers which are most often the subjects of my watercolor paintings. For the past seven years, my husband, Tom, and I have beenbuilding a timber-frame house. We both enjoy working with wood, and Tom shares my love of the land, sports and animals: we have a Morgan horse, five dogs, and eight cats. We lovegardening and have planted an orchard of old apple varieties. And I love histories and walking old cemeteries.

"My first children's book, The Canada Geese Quilt, grew out of my love andadmiration for my grandmother, Helen Urie Rowell, and a special quilt the two of us made together. My grandmother began quilting when she was in her sixties, and over the next fifteen years she made over 230 quilts. I designed about twenty of them. Most of them are of birds,wildflowers and starry skies, but one is of Canada geese — and that inspired the book.

"My husband and I live in Albany, Vermont, where I am always at work on new books."

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The Bear That Heard Crying 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young girl wanders off and is protected by a bear until she is found after a man dreams about her location. This true story about the author's great**5 aunt in New Hampshire in 1783. Everyone is barefoot. Sundays are days of rest.
brittanydonohue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Would not make a good read aloud book, because its to long. Inless, it was broken up over a few days or different activities. :)
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a read-aloud/too long. Based on a true story of a litlle girl lost in the woods guarded by a large black "dog" (bear).
fullerl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This beautifully illustrated story tells of Sarah, a young girl who becomes lost in the woods and is watched over by a bear until her rescue. The Bear That Heard Crying is all the more interested since it is based on real people and real events. A pleasent blend of history and story telling. The artwork in this story is not particularly refined but shows wonderful expression. It's roughness perfectly compliments the pinoeer and backwoods setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could you imagine that you got lost in the woods and you met a bear that was nice? I bet Sarah didn't. The Bear That Heard Crying is about a girl who gets lost in the mountains and then the bear helps the girl. The main characters were bear and Sarah. The setting in the story was in the mountains this is important because there wouldn't be a story if it wasn't in the mountains. My opinion is that you should read The Bear That Heard Crying because this is a really good book. I like when she gets home because the men are happy and shoot their guns in the air. I recommend this book because it is a really good book. I think anyone who is in the 3rd grade can read this book because it is a just right book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The miracle a small child and her family experienced in the backwoods of New Hampshire. A lost little girl is cared for by a big black bear; without whom she would have died in the wilderness--and her mother who wouldn't give up.