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Small bear is lost and does not know what to do. He thinks and thinks and he looks at his sailor suit and he decides to be a sailor and sail on the sea. He makes a boat from some pieces of wood and he finds a sea small enough for a small bear and he sails off by the light of the moon. But the sea grows too rough and Bear's boat rocks and rolls and shatters and sinks. Small Bear is shipwrecked on the shore and lies shivering and cold, until next morning when a small girl finds him. She hugs him and takes him home and sets him by the fire to dry. Now Small Bear knows what to do. He'll stay where he is with his new friend and never go to sea again. Martin Waddell has also written "Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?" (winner of the 1988 Smarties Book Prize and Kate Greenaway Medal), "The Park in the Dark" (1989 Emil/Kurt Maschler Award), "Rosie's Babies" (1990 Best Books for Babies Award), "Farmer Duck" (1991 Smarties book Prize), "Let's go Home, Little Bear", "The Tough Princess", "The Hidden House", "Once There Were Giants", "The Happy Hedgehog", "Squeak-A-Lot" and "The Pig in the Pond". Virginia Miller has also illustrated "Squeak-A-Lot" (runner-up for the Mother Goose award), "On Your Potty!", "Eat Your Dinner!" and "Get Into Bed!".
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Martin Waddell is one of the most popular and successful authors for children. His books have been published internationally and sell worldwide. They range in age from read-aloud, full-colour picture books for the very young to books for teenage and young adult readers. He has written more than ninety books (some of them under his pseudonym, Catherine Sefton) and has won many awards. He is married, with grown-up children, and lives in Newcastle, County Down. Martin won the won the Hans Christian Andersen author award in 2004 from IBbY International, in recognition of the range of his work throughout his career as a children's writer.From Kirkus Reviews:
With unerring simplicity and grace, the prolific Waddell fashions yet another Distinctive tale for the very young. The little bear is lost, but he knows what to do: since he's wearing a sailor suit, he'll go to sea. The boats look too big, so he finds himself a piece of a barrel; the sea is enormous, so he scouts out a peaceful stream, but even that grows unexpectedly rough and he capsizes. Wondering what to do next but still unperturbed, he's spotted by a little girl who takes him home. Now he's ``found,'' and again he knows what to do: ``he cuddled up...and he stayed.'' The self-reliance and childlike logic of this gentle toy character are truly appealing. Austin's understated rough pencil sketches, enhanced with watercolor, strike just the right note, depicting a storybook world broad enough for an imaginary adventure and cozy enough to come home to. A charming choice for lap or group. (Picture book. 2-6) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110744531500
Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0744531500