Margot Austin A Friend for Growl Bear

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A Friend for Growl Bear

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All little Growl Bear can say is “Grr...grrr.” And though he doesn't mean to, he scares away all the other animals in the forest. What is Growl Bear to do?

Originally published as a picture book in 1951 and recently reillustrated, this simple, reassuring story of love and friendship is now available in a board book format'just right for preschoolers.

All little Growl Bear can say is Grr...grrr. And though he doesnt mean to, hes scaring away all the other animals in the forest. What is Growl Bear to do? Then Old Owl has a wise idea, and soon Growl Bear finds all the friends a little bear could ever want.This simple, reassuring story, which shows that there are always friends around if you just keep looking for them, was originally published in 1951. Now best-selling artist David McPhails charming, warm illustrations bring this book to a whole new generation of readers.

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About the Author:

Margot Austin was a well-known writer and illustrator of children’s books during the 1940s and 1950s.

David McPhail is the popular illustrator of many picture books, including If You Were My Bunny by Kate McMullan. He has written and illustrated several books, including Edward and the Pirates, Pig Pig Grows Up, and Lost! His life as an author-illustrator began at age two, when he would draw on paper bags. Mr. McPhail lives in New Hampshire.

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Poor little Growl Bear is caught between a rock and a hard place; because he can only growl, not talk, the woodland creatures who might become his friends are frightened away. When an irritated owl tells them that he's actually no danger at all, they return to jeer, still thinking him a bully. McPhail lets the situation play out in spacious, peaceful looking glades, illustrating Growl Bear's dilemma with pale, sketchy scenes of upright, unclothed animals on or beneath pliant, sometimes looping limbs of huge old trees. Seeing Growl Bear's tears, Owl at last understands, and gathering up the cub's erstwhile tormentors, explains that he's not aggressive, just too young to talk. Growl Bear never wants for friends again. Little kids who haven't yet bloomed will understand Growl Bear's frustration perfectly. John Peters

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