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Blackboard Bear Hardcover – November 3, 1999


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Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "aje23" on June 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
When I was little I'd checked this book out of the library so many times my mom eventually bought me my own copy. I loved it so much, in fact, that I learned to read on this book! The games the kids play may be not socially acceptable anymore (cowboys & indians, cops & robbers), but they accurately capture the era in which the book was written and certainly pale compared to the book's payoff. A must-have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meadow Schroeder on July 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 2 year old loves another blackboard bear book, so I got this one thinking she might like it. The story takes a creepy turn, though, with the bear eating the older kids who wouldn't include the main character in their playing. It's not explicit, but strongly suggested. I think this one might be going to the used bookstore.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on June 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The year is 1969. What is going on? Just in the month of January: The New York Jets defeat the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl. Elvis launches his comeback album which includes "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto." The Beatles give their last public performance on the roof of Apple Records. Chalkboards are still black. And sometime in 1969 Martha Alexander publishes her first "Blackboard Bear," a paean to imaginary friends.

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.
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By Iron Will on July 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A little twisted, but funny none the less. My younger son (3 years) didn't get it until we pointed it out in the illustrations, but my 5 year old laughed herself silly
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