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A grumpy old man rescues a dancing bear from a horrid life and takes him home to live on his large estate, thereby making life better for both of them.
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Frances Thomas was born in Wales, and started writing professionally in 1980. She also teaches dyslexic children on a part-time basis. She has won a number of awards for her children's picture books. Ruth Brown is the creator of some of Britain's best loved children's books. She has created dozens of picture books for Andersen Press and is highly respected as an author and illustrator. She is married to artist Ken Brown and they have two sons.From Publishers Weekly:
"Grumpy and cross, shaggy and unsmiling," the village curmudgeon is commonly known as Mr. Bear. When a carnival arrives in town, Mr. Bear comes face to face with a real bear. Everyone else laughs and applauds as the bear, chained with a ring through his nose, is made to "dance" when jabbed with a stick. Mr. Bear, however, recognizes the pain in the captive animal's dull eyes, and devises a plan to rescue him. As he frees the bear from mistreatment, the old man gradually frees himself as well. Thomas tells by indirection, reaching a range of readers. The very young might identify mostly with the bear; older children will see the nuances of the man's character. Employing a palette warmed by sepia tones, Brown (The Picnic) cloaks the story in medieval images. Vibrant flags and the costumes of jesters mix with the peasants' somber clothing. Inviting spreads depict sweeping natural landscapes as well as the stone textures and the varied architectural forms in town. A powerful fusion of narrative and art. Ages 4-7.
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Book Description Andersen Press Ltd, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0862645042