Katie can't stop thinking about the bear under that stairs. She knows he's just waiting there to pounce on her, but what can she do to make him go away? In the end, Katie is so worried that she decides to tell her parents all about it. Mum thinks that Katie should write to the bear, asking him to go away, and this is exactly what Katie does. When the bear writes back to announce that he has gone on holiday and then leaves a present out for her on his return, Katie starts to wonder whether the bear is so scary after all...
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Joanna Harrison won the 'Ten Best ' Amateur Film Competition, run by Movie Maker Magazine as a student. In the following 12 years, she worked as an animator, most notably originating the storyboard and background illustrations for the sensational television adaptation of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman. Joanna gave up animation to look after her children and has since turned her attention to children's books, but made a brief return to the world of television this year to help produce Briggs' The Bear, which will be broadcast on ITV this Christmas. Joanna's third book for HarperCollins, The Three Wishes, will be published in November 1999.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2?In this English import, Katie is convinced that a bear lives under the stairs in her house. At her mother's suggestion, she writes him a letter to "tell him to go away." The next morning she receives a response from the bear, saying that he's gone on vacation and will be back Monday. When she reluctantly returns from school on Monday she finds a gift from him: a bear in a snow-filled glass dome. When she learns that he has a cold, Katie and her mother prepare a tray for him. The little girl then receives an invitation to tea, and when she arrives under the stairs, she finds a large teddy bear sitting on a note asking to live with her from now on. The short, simple text is carefully placed on the page so as not to detract from the pictures, which essentially tell the story. The cartoon illustrations are rendered in bright, clear colors. The layout varies; several pictures are full-page, while some are half-or third-page pictures. Katie's fear is effectively conveyed by her wide-eyed expression and furrowed brow, and large shadows add to her fearfulness. The huge bear she imagines is humorously portrayed, e.g., camping or snorkeling on vacation, blowing his nose on a towel. Many children will identify with Katie and her fears, and find some comfort in the solution. Similar in concept to Dick Gackenbach's Harry and the Terrible Whatzit (Clarion, 1979), this book will have bibliotherapeutic uses. It is also a good story for one-on-one or group sharing.?Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA
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Book Description Picture Lions, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006643612