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Town and country cousins Tuxedo Teddy and Bandanna Bear tour the USA to discover America the Beautiful. There's just one problem... Bandanna dreams of a rugged camping trip to national parks and natural wonders, while Tuxedo envisions a first-class tour of historic cities and famous landmarks. Will their conflicting desires break up their friendship? Or will their differences turn their tour into a journey of discovery? Follow the further adventures of these two lively teddies as they struggle to learn the art of compromise and the joy of sharing while exploring the beauty and diversity of America's national treasures.
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Grade 2–4—Bandanna Bear and Tuxedo Teddy want to vacation together, but the cousins have different ideas about what to do. The country bear wants to hike and explore and sleep under the stars. Tuxedo likes to shop, visit museums, and stay in luxury hotels. At first they take turns being in charge, with Bandanna leading them to Mount Rushmore and Old Faithful, and Tuxedo opting for Chicago and New Orleans. Soon, each bear becomes fed up with the other's idea of a good time. When they go their separate ways, however, they discover that they miss one another's company. They reunite, and the tour ends with lunch at the White House, where the president appoints Bandanna Head Ranger of National Parks and Tuxedo Honorary Historian of American Cities. Using "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" as inspiration for this cultural exploration is a fun and clever idea, yet the book forgets its purpose. The wordy text focuses on the bears' complaints rather than the diversity of our heritage. The text also gives a skewed sense of America's size as travel between destinations is impossibly quick. The illustrations have a folk-art flavor rich in color and precise details, with adorable dressed-up bears, but they are stiff and often lacking in depth. Readers are likely to become bored long before these travelers are through with their holiday.—Martha Topol, Traverse Heights Elementary School, MI
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