The Alaskan wilderness is a lonely place for Mark Andersen, especially after the death of his brother. But Mark finds a friend named Ben, who happens to be an Alaskan brown bear. Ben and Mark form a special bond, but the townspeople are determined to destroy it. It is only through the strength of an enduring friendship that Ben—and Mark—have a chance of being saved.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Series:||Puffin Modern Classics Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.52(d)|
|Lexile:||740L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Walt Morey was an award-winning author of numerous works of children's fiction set in the U.S. Pacific Northwestand Alaska, the places where Morey lived for all of his life. His book Gentle Ben was the basis for the 1967 movie Gentle Giant and the 1967-1969 television show Gentle Ben.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ben is a bear that a boy was keeping as a pet and one night some drunk people walked by Ben and they got injured. So Ben was placed on an island that the boy didn't know of and the boy kept on trying to find him. A very sad book.
This is a classic tale. A must read for sportsmen and outdoorsmen. Even though it is written for younger audiences, it still will capture the hearts of those much older. Its scenery is a pure delight and the characters our friends. The story is about the journey from boyhood to manhood, from cub to grizzly. A story about nature and it¿s continued survival.
This was a great and touching book. You will like this book weather you like bears or not. I am one of those kind of people that don't like to read but this one really got me. There is suspense, touching senses, sad sense, and many more expressions. I would highly recommend reading this book.
'If you were mine' Mark said 'I'd take you down to the stream just beyond the flat. The grass is half as high as I am and there are lots of roots and things. There's rocks too. We could turn them over and you could eat the grubs and mice under them. If you were mine-.' Gentle Ben is the touching story of a boy named Mark who goes to an old shed every day after school to see Ben, a brown bear that is chained by his owner. Mark lives near Orca City, Alaska with his parents. Fog Benson, Ben's cruel owner, also lives in Orca City. When Mark is caught with Ben, he talks his parents into buying Ben. They keep him in the garage with a heater, lots of hay and salmon. Then one night, Fog Benson and a group of people go to steal and hurt Ben. Fog is attacked and wouned by the bear and the city finally realizes how big and strong Ben really is. Now they are out to destroy Ben. Only his parents, who realize how much Ben means to Mark, can save him. If you love animals and are interested in what you just read, then I reccomend you read Gentle Ben. Readers of all ages will enjoy this classic novel by Walt Morey.