Life isn't easy for a bear. Not when he has to sleep on the sidewalk among cardboard boxes and old clothes. Not when he lives in a city full of people who are repulsed by him. Read more...
Life isn't easy for a bear. Not when he has to sleep on the sidewalk among cardboard boxes and old clothes. Not when he lives in a city full of people who are repulsed by him. Not when he's hungry and homeless. But one day a young girl smiles at the bear, and he realizes that maybe there is something that could make life a bit easier -- a friend.
This poignant, heartwarming tale will move readers of all ages and inspire them to be more compassionate and empathetic towards others.
- ISBN-13: 9780802854476
- ISBN-10: 0802854478
- Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 34
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
- Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-15
- Reviewer: Staff
In a more somber allegory than his previous books, Dumont (The Sheep Go on Strike) meditates on homelessness, as seen from the perspective of a hulking brown bear in a human city. “I don’t know how I got here,” the bear begins. “All I know is that one morning I woke up here, on this street, and I haven’t left it since.” Wearing a tattered coat, scarf, and hat, the bear sits against a brick wall in a shelter of cardboard boxes and newspapers. Encounters with passersby don’t go well—a doorman calls the police, and a butcher chases the bear with a knife. The city’s bright colors only heighten the bear’s loneliness and invisibility, and Dumont hits at human prejudice from multiple angles, whether it’s the plentitude of food the bear sees in shop windows or the way citizens wrinkle their noses as they walk past. A girl who sees worth in the bear offers a moment of brightness, though Dumont resists a tidy happy ending. As a literal vision of the way society often dehumanizes the homeless, it’s sure to be a conversation starter. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)