- Age Range: 3 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Series: Blackboard Bear
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; 2 edition (November 3, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763606677
- ISBN-13: 978-0763606671
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blackboard Bear Hardcover – November 3, 1999
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The premise is simple and simply related mostly through illustrations (also by Alexander): Little brother wants to play with big brother and his friends, but, of course, is too little. The final insult: "Go play with your teddy bear."
Little brother is so hurt and disappointed that he throws teddy bear out the window (Remember in 1969 when we still left windows open?)
Now then, let's get serious. Pop into his head--the idea of an imaginary bear wearing a fierce red collar. A bear amenable ONLY to little brother's thoughts and desires. Hold my bear's leash? Not a chance. Pat my bear? No way. Ride my bear? "He only wants me to ride him."
Pay-backs. Imagination can do that. Is this a mean book? Not in any sense. Is this a cruel, vicious book--after all, Bear licks the figures of Big Brother and his friends drawn on the blackboard right down into his stomach. Along with the chalk-drawn pot of honey. Yum, all full.
Empowerment. That's what this book is about, temporary empowerment, something most children need from time to time. According to many writers (Freud, May, Estes, Strauss-Levi), fairy tales inculcate values and fill needs, among their many uses. Although, technically, "Blackboard Bear" is not a fairy tale, it serves the purpose of one.Read more ›