The First Bear in Africa! by Satomi Ichikawa

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It's a race to the finish as young Meto chases a motorcar through the African savanna. A girl is in that car, and she has forgotten her little bear. Meto must get it back to her! Taking a shortcut through the marshes, he comes upon his friends-Hippopotamus, Lion, Elephant and Giraffe. Can they help Meto return this strange little animal in time, before the girl flies off and leaves Africa forever?

Illustrated with glowing watercolor paintings, Satomi Ichikawa's charming story celebrates the people and animals of the African savanna, and in the simple loss of a toy bear, reveals the humanity we share across the world, even with the youngest.

About Satomi Ichikawa

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Satomi Ichikawa was born in Gihu, Japan, and moved to Paris in the 1970s. She is known for the warmth and charm she brings to her characters and has won numerous awards for her book illustrations. Satomi is perhaps best known in the United States as the illustrator of Dance, Tanya by Patricia Gauch.
Published April 23, 2001 by Philomel. 1 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Meto rides on the giraffe’s back with all of the animals hurrying behind and finally, just before the family boards the plane, he returns the animal to the little girl who cries out, “ ‘My bear!

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Picking up on her words ("My bear!"), the enlightened animals spread the word across the savanna that a bear has graced their presence, "The first bear in all of Africa."

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