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True Bear Stories

Joaquin Miller

Book Overview: 

Set in the early 1900's, this is a delightful story of a tribe of Teddy Bears arrival in the department store and the adventures some of them have when they are brought into a family's home.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . and down through the dense tangle of the deep river bank between two of the huge oxen which had crossed the plains with us to the water’s edge; then he reached around and drew me to him with his left hand, pointing between the oxen sharp down the bank with his right forefinger.

A bear! two bears! and another coming; one already more than half way across on the great, mossy log that lay above the[Pg 33] deep, sweeping waters of the Calipoola; and Lyte kept on, and the wild, sweet music leaped up and swept through the delighted and dancing boughs above. Then father reached back to the fire and thrust a long, burning bough deeper into the dying embers and the glittering sparks leaped and laughed and danced and swept out and up and up as if to companion with the stars. Then Lyte knew. He did not hear, he did not see, he only felt; but the fiddle forsook his fingers and his chin in a second, and his gun was to his face with the muzzle thrust down between the ox. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I love teddy bears. I do. But I was disappointed with these three stories: "A Good Idea," "What's For Breakfast," and "The Great Outdoors". I thought they were very repetitive. I mean the three stories only vary slightly from one another. In the first story, the dog gets in trouble for "moving" the

I think that this would be a good motivator for young children to read that have stuffed animals that they love dearly. The book also brings the teddy bear to life which helps foster imagination. I was hoping that the bear would speak up for the the cat and dog, but he never did.

L and S read this with me and with Grandma when she was here visiting. It's a really cute concept: a story that you can read to your teddy bear that is all about the teddy bear's adventures. The second-person writing style is a little awkward, but works if you actually get your teddy bear and hold h

We're going through this one at bedtime, with teddy bear in Will's lap, of course! It's really cute....am definitely going to add the other two in the series.