I Am A Bear / by Jean-Francois Dumont.

by Dumont, Jean-Francois,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Easy Readers J E Dum
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Easy Readers
Call Number  J E Dum
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea DUMONT Jean
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea DUMONT Jean

An emotionally stirring book about kindness and friendship

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "All I know is that one morning I woke up here, on this street, and I haven't left it since. Bear lives in a collection of cardboard boxes, his coat is worn and patched, and when he gazes longingly through a bakery window, he is chased away. Quietly, steadily, Dumont draws out this analogy to homelessness, until, at the end, Bear is befriended by a cautious but caring little girl. While conceptually, the book has potential as a conversation starter about homelessness, perhaps practically, there are a number of distractions. Is bear disliked because he is a bear, or disliked because he is homeless, or disliked because he is a homeless bear? Matters are further complicated when the little girl refers to him as a teddy bear. Other statements are confusing: I may only be a bear lost in the city, but I am a teddy bear. And that's no small thing! The text size is rather difficult to see, depending on the background, but the illustrations are vivid, nearly impressionistic, and certainly illicit empathy for this forlorn, unassuming character so obviously in need of and deserving comfort.--Grant, Sarah Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects catreq 09/18/15 6n
Publisher 2015
Edition English edition.
Contributors Mathews, Leslie, translator.
Notes Translated from the French by Leslie Mathews.
Originally published in France in 2010.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780802854476.
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