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Please Do Feed the Bears Hardcover – April 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689825617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689825613
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

An enterprising bear cub gets his way at a cost then figures out how to resolve his predicament in this gently comical tale geared to preschoolers. Percy asks each of his family members if he can bring his toy bears along on their trip to the beach. Each replies, If we took your teddy, we'd have to leave something behind. So Percy does just that. At the beach, Escrivù (How Can You Dance?) uses panel paintings to convey the hero's many busy pursuits on sand and in water. When it's time for lunch, and his family discovers a cooler full of stuffed bears instead of sandwiches, Percy looks genuinely shocked. But the cub comes up with a plan: Please do feed the bears, he writes on the boardwalk, and sets up each of his stuffed animals with an empty plate and red-and-white¤checked napkin. Escrivù depicts ursine passersby who contribute everything from hotdogs to peaches. It's a clever premise, and Percy's savvy solution is tailor-made to flatter budding egos, but the execution is rather bumpy. Naylor's brisk text keeps the story moving, but she's less successful in setting a rhythmic mood with her use of recurring phrases. The initial, somewhat static illustrations of Percy's home seem out of sync with the uh-oh build-up of the plot, but Escrivù's renderings loosen up when Percy hits the beach. The understated humor pays off when the artist shows the food donors in a kind of boardwalk parade. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reSchool-Grade 1-Percy, a young bear, wants to take his stuffed teddies with him on a trip to the beach. Family members explain that there isn't room in the car for them, and that something else would have to be left behind if they were included. Percy takes the explanation as an invitation to remove the picnic lunch to make room for his beloved toys. At the beach, after discovering the missing lunch, the family decides to go for one last swim before heading home hungry. While they are gone, Percy comes up with an idea. Setting his teddy friends in front of empty plates, he writes, "Please DO Feed the Bears" in chalk on the boardwalk. The panhandling bears have a feast before long, due to the amused kindness of passersby. Naylor has taken a common experience that children and parents can relate to and turned a simple occurrence into a delightful, well-written story of a youngster's resourcefulness to rectify a mistake. While the jacket design is inviting, the acrylic artwork is questionably simplistic. The bears lack expressive details, and some readers may find it difficult to differentiate between the "real" bears and the "stuffed" variety. The layout is eye-catching with colorful illustrations on every page, but many of the pictures are stiff, and the font doesn't seem to suit the story.
Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada
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More About the Author

I guess I've been writing for about as long as I can remember. Telling stories, anyway, if not writing them down. I had my first short story published when I was sixteen, and wrote stories to help put myself through college, planning to become a clinical psychologist. By the time I graduated with a BA degree, however, I decided that writing was really my first love, so I gave up plans for graduate school and began writing full time.

I'm not happy unless I spend some time writing every day. It's as though pressure builds up inside me, and writing even a little helps to release it. On a hard-writing day, I write about six hours. Tending to other writing business, answering mail, and just thinking about a book takes another four hours. I spend from three months to a year on a children's book, depending on how well I know the characters before I begin and how much research I need to do. A novel for adults, because it's longer, takes a year or more. When my work is going well, I wake early in the mornings, hoping it's time to get up. When the writing is hard and the words are flat, I'm not very pleasant to be around.

Getting an idea for a book is the easy part. Keeping other ideas away while I'm working on one story is what's difficult. My books are based on things that have happened to me, things I have heard or read about, all mixed up with imaginings. The best part about writing is the moment a character comes alive on paper, or when a place that existed only in my head becomes real. There are no bands playing at this moment, no audience applauding--a very solitary time, actually--but it's what I like most. I've now had more than 120 books published, and about 2000 short stories, articles and poems.

I live in Bethesda, Maryland, with my husband, Rex, a speech pathologist, who's the first person to read my manuscripts when they're finished. Our sons, Jeff and Michael, are grown now, but along with their wives and children, we often enjoy vacations together in the mountains or at the ocean. When I'm not writing, I like to hike, swim, play the piano and attend the theater.

I'm lucky to have my family, because they have contributed a great deal to my books. But I'm also lucky to have the troop of noisy, chattering characters who travel with me inside my head. As long as they are poking, prodding, demanding a place in a book, I have things to do and stories to tell.