Charmingly illustrated by newcomer Renata Liwska, this is an adoption fable that any child who's ever felt like an outsider will easily relate to.
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No one can understand him ("His first word was 'Hello.'/ He said it like this: 'Rrroaar ' "), and his natural cub rambunctiousness is frowned upon (albeit gently—the tale makes clear that with "ninety-nine keepers and one hundred orphans," the orphanage is not of the Dickensian model).Apr 11 2005 | Read Full Review of Nikolai, the Only Bear
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