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compassion and understranding
on January 17, 2002
Dear Readers, I am 37 years old and havent read this book since 1974 but I remember it as one of the books that helped form my character. I had nothing in common with Fran as a child. My childhood was easy. Fran had to deal with issues that many adults can not handle and it was through her eyes that I saw a different world. Sad and depressing? Well, I can only say that this book wasn't just fluff and silliness.( not that there is anything wrong with fluff and silliness sometimes) This story taught me something about compassion for others and understanding. I remember seeing my less fortunate classmates in a different light. The bears' house that Fran looked at but didnt play with touched me deeply and I could understand her wanting to go to the Bears' house as an escape from reality. I remember father bear telling her to persevere. I remember looking that word up in the dictionary and feeling empowered. So many times growing up and even now as an adult that advice proved to be solid. I read so many great books as a child. This one was very different from all the rest and I have verbally recomended it to people over the years but never without a few tears. Yes I recomend this book to children in the nine and up crowd. Although I was a middle class suburban child I think this book has something for children in other social economic groups as well. This story although sad made you feel hopeful and that all things are possible.