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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxias Productions (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983563160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983563167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wise Bear William is one of the most delightful books for young readers ever! Adults will enjoy it as well."
- Phylicia Rashad

"Heartfelt, winning and tender, Wise Bear William will become an instant classic for your child's home library to be savored and shared in the years to come. I loved it. Highly recommended! Paws up!"
- Constance Marks, Director of the award winning documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

"Wise Bear William offers such a beautiful glimpse into the world of our children, while reminding us about the important things in life - friendship, loyalty, and loving one another. This is a book that children and their parents will enjoy together."
- Dina Spiegel, Psy.D, Child Psychologist

"...a lovely, magical story, laced with hidden themes of acceptance, beauty coming from within and age as something to be cherished."
- Clay Littlewood, author of DWB: Tales of Soho and Goodbye To Soho

"Arthur Wooten has created a vividly imaginative world of talking toys that transports us to another time and place with the luscious illustrations by Bud Santora."
- Gregory G. Allen, Playwright/​Director of children's musicals

About the Author

ARTHUR WOOTEN
is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Dizzy, Leftovers, Birthday Pie, On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail. He's also penned the children's picture book Wise Bear William: A New Beginning and the collection of short stories, Arthur Wooten's Shorts. A playwright, his works include the award winning Birthday Pie, which had its world premiere at the Waterfront Playhouse, Key West, FL. His one act plays, Lily and The Lunch, have been produced in New York City and most recently in Te Anau, New Zealand. For two years he was the humorist for the London based magazine, reFRESH. Arthur grew up in Andover, MA and now resides in New York City.

BUD SANTORA
most recently launched his debut novel, The Green Storm. He's also a versatile designer and illustrator. As a costume designer he has won an Emmy Award and two nominations and as a holiday designer he's worked for companies such as Sears, K-Mart, and Silvestri. He's created covers for numerous novels and has also illustrated the children's picture book, Wise Bear William: A New Beginning. Currently he does freelance design and resides in New York City.

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This is a sweet, charming and humorous story!
J.D. Holiday
Wise Bear William is a heartwarming story about being able to acknowledge our shortcomings with humor, and about realizing that it's what inside that truly matters.
Late Bloomer
Kudos to Arthur Wooten for a great story and to Bud Santora for gorgeously detailed illustrations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holly on December 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is such a sweet story for everyone of all ages... I loved it and I shared it with the kindergarten children and they all loved it as well... I am sure my interpretation was a little different, but I could see in their faces compassion, concern and happiness... Very well written and the illustrations were fantastic.. I know we can all relate to this adorable story. (I did).. If anyone is looking for a new sweet story to read to their children or grandchildren, you have found it in Wise Bear William...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Churchill on December 24, 2011
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Wise Bear William: A New Beginning is a delight. Arthur Wooten tells a touching tale of love and acceptance. Bud Santora's illustrations are the perfect compliment - each and every page is worthy of framing. I was moved when I read it and couldn't wait to share it with a child. When I did, it was magic. I'll be buying several more copies to give away. While I'm at it, I'll be getting a copy for my own library. I can't wait to find out what happens next in what I hope will be a series of Wise Bear William adventures.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory G. Allen on December 13, 2011
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Wise Bear William: A New Beginning is a beautifully illustrated children's book with an even more appealing message. William's name says it all as he gives sage advice to the other toys in the attic - eagerly awaiting to be 'chosen' by children. This story of patience, understanding, a giving spirit, and friendship may be told for the ears of a child, but Arthur Wooten has made it a lesson for all to hear. Wooten has created a vividly imaginative world of talking toys that transports us to another time and place with the luscious illustrations by Bud Santora. I hope this 'new beginning' is the start of a wonderful series of adventures for Wise Bear and his friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.D. Holiday on January 21, 2012
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Wise Bear William is the captain of the attic where worn out toys wait for children to come for them. The Campbell's have an old family tradition. For generations, their children come to the attic to choose one toy to love. When the children grow up the toys are sent back to the attic.
When the toys hear the children coming, Rag Doll Rose, Bean Bag Bunny and Calico Kitty depend on Wise Bear William to get them ready. The captain would use everything in the attic to mend them and tell them all he knows about what makes a child love a toy. They have one chance to be a child's best friend. But there is one thing that they can't do anything about: not everyone will be picked. The toys begin to get ready replacing missing eyes, propping up droopy ears and mending all rips and tears.
Wise Bear William's words of wisdom that it's what is on the inside that counts, and everyone is special ring true for not only the toys but for the book's readers as well. This is a sweet, charming and humorous story!
WISE Bear William: A New Beginning! is well written and the illustrations are vivid and beautiful. It's an entertaining story for its readers of all ages that includes a lesson about compassion, remembering promises and helping others and it's what is on the inside the matters the most. You will laugh and cry with these lovable characters. I read it with my six year-old, grandson and I had tears in my eyes too!
Arthur Wooten is no novice at storytelling being a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright.. His novels include Birthday Pie, and On Picking Fruit, and Fruit Cocktail. The wonderful pictures are by award-winning designer and illustrator, Bud Santora. ~Author J.D. Holiday
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 24, 2011
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Wise Bear William is a sweet story about toys who work together as a team to get themselves ready to be loved by children once again. The illustrations in this book are phenomenal, as you can see by the front cover. The text is equally impressive and together this makes a wonderful story to be read aloud to children--I can especially see Grandma's reading to grandchildren seated on their lap in a rocking chair. (smiles) Older children will want to read this book to themselves over and over again and may even have fun picking out which of the toys they themselves would want to claim. Parents/teachers--you will definitely remember your favorite toys when you get finished reading this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carey Parrish on December 23, 2011
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Children are often the most difficult audience to please, and the books we present them with have to be both entertaining and educational to get their instant, undivided attention. It's been a long time since I read a children's book that fits the categories of entertaining and educational with unequivocal success, but Wise Bear William - A New Beginning accomplishes both feats with gusto! And it appeals to adults as easily as it does to youth.

The brainchild of critically acclaimed novelist Arthur Wooten (writing) and Emmy Award winner Bud Santora (illustrations), Wise Bear William is the tale of "toys long forgotten in an attic (who) discover that children are coming up to rescue them.

"All wanting to be picked, each toy examines their own self-described shortcomings and turn to one another for comfort and advice. But the most important thing they discover is that as much as you fix things up on the outside, it's what's on the inside that really counts.

"With an emotional and surprising ending for all the toys, this heartwarming and timeless tale of love and friendship is destined to become a favorite of young and old for years to come."

Emmy Award winning actress Phylicia Rashad says: "Wise Bear William is one of the most delightful books for young readers ever! Adults will enjoy it as well."

A perfect holiday gift, but great for the whole year round, Wise Bear William is destined to become one of the classic children's books that someday your children will be reading to theirs while fondly remembering just what they felt the first time they discovered its magic.

5 Big Stars!
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