The Tangerine Bear by Betty Paraskevas

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Many years ago a little brown bear came to town...

In the window of Mr. Winkles's secondhand store, there lives a bear with tangerine fur and an upside-down smile. The Tangerine Bear dreams of having a home of his own, but it seems that on one will ever want him. Until one day, a stranger comes into the store...and something extraordinary happens. If you find yourself on the wrong side of town, where the trains don’t stop and the clocks run slow, look for Mr. Winkle’s second-hand store. There’s a little bear in the window. If you look close, you’ll see that his mouth is upside down and the sun has turned his fur from brown to tangerine.
But things aren’t always as bleak as they might seem, and happiness has no particular address. Maybe the story of the Tangerine Bear will remind you that joy is everywhere. You just have to look around.


About Betty Paraskevas

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Paraskevas is the creator of Junior Kroll, who appears in Dan's Papers and Hemispheres, and the Ferocious Beast, featured on Nickelodeon. Paraskevas is the son of Betty Paraskevas.
Published September 1, 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the textured, highly idiosyncratic paintings, Bear's frowning, oddly lopsided mouth gives him a surly look, and also gives visual expression to the story's off-center air.

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Mother-and-son Paraskevas (Junior Kroll) turn from verse to prose for this poignant story about a teddy bear who wishes for someone to take him home--and discovers he's already there.

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