Country Bear borrows apples from his neighbor because that's what neighbors are for. But when he comes back for sugar, an egg, flour, walnuts, and more, he almost empties his neighbor's pantry. Now his good neighbor doesn't feel very neighborly. But all ends happily later in the day when Country Bear returns all that he borrowed--in a freshly baked surprise.
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Larry Dane Brimner is the author of more than seventy books for children, including Country Bear's Surprise; Cat on Wheels; Elliot Fry's Good-Bye; Max and Felix; Merry Christmas, Old Armadillo; and If Dogs Had Wings. Mr. Brimner lives in San Diego, California.
Ruth Tietjen Councell is the illustrator of Country Bear's Surprise and Once Upon a Bedtime Story by Jane Yolen. She lives in Illinois with her family.
One by one, Country Bear borrows a number of ingredients from the little girl who lives next door: first apples, then sugar, an egg, and so on. Finally, the girl loses patience and proclaims "absolutely not!" before he even makes clear his request. Happily, this time he has come not to borrow but to share the cake concocted from her offerings. Soft, light-infused pictures fill out the story, which will seem mild to those who guess early on that the bear will eventually borrow every ingredient. By using different background scenery for every act of lending, Councell forms a contrast to the girl's repeated pronouncements on her neighborliness ("You are lucky I am a good neighbor"), but her facial expressions appear somewhat static. Still, for both author and artist, this is a sweet debut, which includes a recipe for "Country Bear's Good Neighbor Cake." Ages 3-6.
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Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1563977869
Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111563977869
Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Ruth Councell (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1563977869