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Henry Bear's Park
     

Henry Bear's Park

by David M. McPhail
 

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When Henry Bear's father notices a for sale sign over the entrance to the park at the edge of town, he decides that he must buy it. No sooner does he buy the park than it is time for him to fly away in his balloon, leaving Henry in charge.

At first Henry, along with his new friend Stanley, loves taking care of the park, but slowly he starts to miss his

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When Henry Bear's father notices a for sale sign over the entrance to the park at the edge of town, he decides that he must buy it. No sooner does he buy the park than it is time for him to fly away in his balloon, leaving Henry in charge.

At first Henry, along with his new friend Stanley, loves taking care of the park, but slowly he starts to miss his father and begins to neglect his work. The flowers wilt, the fountain water turns green, the nightingale stops singing, and still Henry's father doesn't return. Where can he be?

With newly colored illustrations that enhance the charm of acclaimed illlustrator David McPhail's original line art, this is a beautiful new edition of a story that has been loved by children for more than twenty-five years.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In Henry Bear's Park (1976) by David McPhail, the young ursine hero takes care of a park while his father flies off on a balloon trip. Henry lovingly tends the park, until he is hoodwinked by a pig who pretends he can help find Henry's long-absent Poppa. Humorous details fill McPhail's original line art, now infused with intense washes of color by John O'Connor. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
When Henry Bear's Poppa flies away in a hot air balloon, he is awfully sad. He finds some comfort in taking good care of the town park his Poppa bought before leaving. Henry transforms the lackluster park into a lush garden. He employs a raccoon named Stanley to help him water and weed and mow the lawns. Lonely Mamma Bear brings Henry and Stanley jelly cakes for lunch each day. As time goes by, Henry thinks more and more about Poppa and less and less about the garden. When he meets a pig named Alfred Pine, who claims to be well traveled, Henry assumes he knows where Poppa is and begs him to reunite the two. Alfred desperately wants to be liked and, so, he lets Henry go on believing and hoping that he can bring father and son back together. Lovely detailed illustrations bring the characters to life; the scenes depict a small, old-fashioned English village inhabited by well mannered, chubby animals. The village has a main street, small cottages, a church, bake shop, and Henry's Park, which beckons residents to leave their cares at the gate. This new edition of a story first published in 1976 features newly colored illustrations of the author/illustrator's original line art. 2003 (orig.1976), Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster,

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689839672
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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