The Perfect Bear by Gillian Shields

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There once was a bear

who was very fine.

He was so polished

and clean

and proud.

And that made him the

Do Not Touch bear.

As time passed,

he become worn

and gray

and much less fine.

But he was also loved by a little girl.

And that made him

the Perfect Bear.

About Gillian Shields

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Gillian Shields was born and brought up in England, where she studied English and worked in a drama school for several years. She now looks after her family and teaches English and drama part-time, as well as writing for children. Her first book, Ben and Gran and the Whole, Wide, Wonderful World, was published by Macmillan in London. The Starlight Baby is Gillian's first book for Simon & Schuster. Michael Morpurgo is the award-winning author of more than ninety books and a former British Children's Laureate. He lives in Devon, England. Gary Blythe has illustrated numerous picture books, including THE WHALES' SONG by Dyan Sheldon, which was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in London.
Published October 1, 2007 by Simon & Schuster Children's. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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However, when the now shabby bear becomes separated from his girl in a store, he experiences an epiphany, discovering that a person’s—or stuffed bear’s—worth cannot be measured by such superficial merits as their appearance.

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After a bath, the bear isn't very white nor very soft any more, and after his broken music box is taken out and stitched with black thread, he's just any old bear.

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