Bear in Love by Daniel Pinkwater

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Could the bear have a secret friend? Who is leaving him surprises? The ever-lovable Daniel Pinkwater spins a funny and sweetly offbeat story. One morning, the bear finds something just outside his cave. It is orange and long and pointy and has bushy green leaves at one end. And it’s sweet and crunchy! Where did it come from? Did someone leave it for him? Then there are two more of the sweet crunchy things the next morning! The bear knows that someone nice is leaving him these treats. If only he could discover who it is! Should he leave something tasty in return? With the help of Will Hillenbrand’s endearing illustrations, the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater spins a charming little mystery about unexpected kindnesses and finding that extra-special someone.
 

About Daniel Pinkwater

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Daniel Pinkwater is the author of Mrs. Noodlekugel and many other books for children. Not all of his friends are human beings (the species to which Daniel Pinkwater belongs). He knows that friendship can be sweet and crunchy, even when the friend is quite different from oneself. Daniel Pinkwater lives in New York State.Will Hillenbrand has written and illustrated dozens of books, including Don't Slam the Door! by Dori Chaconas, Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich, This Little Piggy by Jane Yolen, and Kiss the Cow! by Phyllis Root. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Pinkwater’s terse 1972 tale of an ursine painter who stoutly defends his right to create against the sneers of two critics (“fine, proper gentlemen,” as the text has it) gets a major visual boost from new illustrations in this reissue.

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A friendly little whodunit results in an unexpected romance between a bear and a bunny.

Jul 31 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear in Love

Publishers Weekly

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Imaginative illustrations from a notable ursine stylist, Johnson (Henry Hikes to Fitchburg ), lend pizzazz to this reillustrated 1972 bear-centric tale from Pinkwater, author of the Larry polar bear series.

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Publishers Weekly

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Pinkwater’s (Beautiful Yetta) impulsive, happy-go-lucky bear keeps finding carrots on a flat rock outside his cave, left by some anonymous well-wisher.

May 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear in Love

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“Extra special.” It’s a phrase that is used to great effect toward the conclusion of Daniel Pinkwater’s new picture book, Bear in Love, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand and out this August from Candlewick.

Aug 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear in Love

City Book Review

The admirer continues to leave more and more orange pointy things for the bear to feast on which makes the bear so excited he walks through the forest singing silly songs to himself.

Oct 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear in Love

Project MUSE

Eventually, though, the bear and his secret friend, a wee rabbit, finally meet, and after a bit of initial misunderstanding ("You are quite the big strong bunny," says the rabbit to the bear admiringly) become happy pals.

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Youth Services Book Review

Bear wakes up to find a carrot (“a crunchy thing”) outside his den and is so happy he sings a little song that is reminiscent of Winnie-the-Pooh “ Very good, very good Very good indeed Very good, yum yum yum Very good indeed.” As more gifts pile up, Bear is inspired to reciprocate and tries to ...

Sep 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Bear in Love

Media Mikes

Candlewick delivers yet another fantastic children’s book and thanks to them to reference “Jaws”, my daughter is going to need a bigger book shelf.

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