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The Bear Who Loved Puccini Hardcover – June 3, 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; 1St Edition edition (June 3, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399221352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399221354
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,093,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

From the "dark deep forests of northern Minnesota" to the bright lights of Milan, Italy, this tongue-in-cheek story of a young bear's rise to operatic stardom hits scarcely a wrong note. After hearing Madama Butterfly on the radio one day, Robert Remsen "Barefoot" Rainfield decides to "become an opera singer and dedicate his voice to the music of Puccini." The determined bruin hops a bus to St. Paul, and after a stunning debut at a local diner (he's paid in pancakes), La Scala's maestro whisks him off to Italy to sing at the world's most famous opera house. Sundgaard has a puckish sense of humor (instead of autographs, for example, Barefoot hands out pawprints on cafe menus, and La Scala's offer--"We'll double the pancakes, triple the maple syrup"--is served up in campy Hollywood agent style), and the story errs only in its rather heavy moralizing--follow your dreams, no matter how impossible they might seem. Rendered in becoming tones of browns and blues, Catalano's muted pastel illustrations echo the understated wit of this upbeat tale. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By Melody256 on March 14, 2014
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This is such a sweet book about a bear who follows his dream to become an opera singer. He loves the music of Puccini and leaves his home in the forest for the big city of St. Paul to start his career. My five-year-old daughter LOVES this book and reads it often! She's learned some facts about the composer and his opera Madama Butterfly, but the story is mostly about following your dreams. Very, very sweet story that gives plenty of warm fuzzies. :)
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