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The Adventures of Old Bo Bear Hardcover – February 23, 2006

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PreS-Gr. 2 In rhyming first-person voice, an unnamed boy narrates an unfortunate episode with a washing machine. When Mama declares that teddy bear Bo is "World Class Dirty" and puts him in the laundry, a terrible thing happens--he comes out fluffy, clean, and missing one ear! Determined to remedy Bo's fresh state, the boy takes him on a series of pretend adventures during which they become mean, swashbuckling pirates; go bronco busting out west; and operate big machines on a construction site, until Bo is his old dirty self once again. To add more humor, each scene offers an explanation of how Bo lost his ear. Irresistibly charming, the comical acrylic-and-pencil illustrations show Boy and Bo dressed much alike in hiking boots, red socks, and orange-and-red striped shirts. One puzzling detail aside (Why does Bo have marble-like eyes in some pictures and felt-like ones in others?), this familiar scenario will have every child who has refused to relinquish a blanket or favorite toy to the wash grinning with delight. Julie Cummins
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"With prankish charm, Schertle and Parkins cleverly herald the delights of imaginative play" -Kirkus Reviews

"This tale will resonate with all kids who have much-loved stuffed animals facing the washing machine and give them hope that their buddies will once again look and smell right." -School Library Journal

"...this familiar scenario will have every child who has refused to relinquish a blanket or favorite toy to the wash grinning with delight." -Booklist

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081183476X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811834766
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an adorable book, especially for little boys. Our son has been reading it since he was 2. It is a fun story about a little boy making up adventures for himself and his teddy bear. Most importantly is is also very enjoyable for parents to read. Always on our birthday gift list for friends...
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We checked this book out of our local library a few days ago. As is our usual routine, we read 4 books a night to our almost 3 year old. He immediately said to PLEASE read it again. My husband and I rarely agree on OUR favorite children's book, But We did on this one. I had to find it and order a copy for our home.
I hope to read more of Alice Schertle books.
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A teddy bear's trip through the washing machine serves as a springboard for a series of adventure. Written in rhyming verse, the story centers on a young boy and his teddy bear named Bo.

After the teddy bear loses an ear in the washing machine, the boy's imagination conjures up wild adventures, each describing the circumstances of how Bo lost his ear. Each scenario - pirates, cowboys, construction workers and, finally, astronauts - are often no more than 2-3 pages in length.

The charm here is that the book works on many levels. There's the linear story where the boy hides Bo from his mother so that she doesn't return the teddy bear to the washing machine; you have lyrical, rhyming verse that is enjoyable to read again and again; and you have the springboards for deeper stories. Returning to each adventure and studying the illustrations will allow your child to add to the story.

Each of my sons has a teddy bear, one is named Sky Bear and the other, simply, Teddy. They nodded as we read the washing machine incident (the loss of Bo's ear) and informed me that shrinkage is another danger teddy bears face in the wash.

Rating: 4 stars (not quite a classic, but a great bedtime read).
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Such a cute book! I bought it for my nephew with a beloved blue bear. I hope he is as charmed as I was by it. (ideal for kids who have separation anxiety from their lovies on laundry day!).
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