A resonant story about a lonely girl who adopts an abandoned bear cub. When a rock star and his film crew arrive to shoot a music video, the whole town is caught up in the excitement and Roxanne leaves behind her beloved bear forever.
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Michael Morpurgo is the author of more than fifty books for children and has had several of his novels adapted for film and television.
Christian Birmingham is an acknowledged star of children's book illustration. Christian collaborated with Ian Whybrow on Kingfisher's acclaimed A Baby for Grace. He has been nominated for the prestigious Mother Goose Award and has been described in Britan's Guardian newspaper as "a modern-day Degas."
Readers of Morpurgo's Waiting for Anya (1990), which also featured an orphaned bear cub, may feel this novella is set in the same tiny, sheepherding village in the French Pyrenees. Roxanne, a sweet girl who sings like an angel, adopts a gentle abandoned cub that adores her. Years later, when a famous pop singer and his entourage arrive to make a music video based on ``The Pied Piper of Hamelin,'' Roxanne is given a starring role; she is soon charmed away to a life of fame and fortune, leaving her beloved bear behind. The morning after her departure, the bear is found dead, upright in his cage as if staring after Roxanne. This is an affecting story, certainly, but the bear's sudden death is melodramatic, and Roxanne is such a sympathetic character that her sudden neglect of home ties is scarcely credible. However, the Pied Piper theme is thoroughly developed, and the misty black- and-white drawings echo the pervasive melancholy of the text. (Fiction. 9-12) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0395779804
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110395779804
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-139-40-1919301