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The Bears of Blue River Paperback – May 20, 2011
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My grandmother read this book to me when I was in pre-school. I have always remembered about how Balsar, the main character in the book, loved his gun and the outdoors. In this book it talks about how there is a "blowout hole" where the Conns Creek and the Flatrock River flow together. We (Hinkles, my family) actually own property that is on the banks next to the blowout hole. So this was very interesting for me. I too have also explored the many little caves and such that are on the Flatrock River.
I believe this is a wonderful book that boys and girls, even men and women, will be able to enjoy very much. The book has absolutely amazing descriptions of various places in Shelby County. I have found these descriptions to be very accurate, as I have hiked, camped, fished, or hunted on the exact same land the author, Charles Major, described so very well.
The Bears of Blue River brings back many wonderful childhood memories. After recess everyday in the fourth grade, my class would gather in the front of the room to hear what exciting adventures were in store for Balsar. The Bears of Blue River puts youngsters on the edge of their seat. I know that I could not wait to see what dangers Balsar would overcome next; I believe this is why I love the book. The pages of this book cannot be turned fast enough. The Bears of Blue River was the book that opened my eyes to the wonderful world of reading. Children are not the only ones who love to read the book, adults enjoy the book as well.
The book depicts what real life was like back in the twenties, something no reality show can duplicate. Harsh winters and fierce animals were only a part of what the Brent family had to encounter, sometimes on a daily basis. The book allows children to relive the life of Balsar and his friends. I think the book could really give children a deeper appreciation of today's way of living.
I am a first year college student, who still to this day thinks that The Bears of Blue River is the most fun and action packed book one can buy. Children and adults of all ages are sure to fall in love with the brave little Balsar and all of his friends.
At the time of the story, Balser is thirteen or fourteen, with a nine-year-old brother and a one-year-old sister. During a trip to the "drift" to catch a mass of fish (yes, the book says, mass, although I wonder if it's one of many typos in the version I downloaded), the trouble begins with Balser's first bear encounter. Bam! One bear down, a couple dozen to go, I reckon.
Before you think I'm a squeamish, gun-hating, Peta-lover, I do understand, especially in the 1800s, that killing was a necessary way of life, for food, clothing, and protection. In most cases, Balser and his friends did just that. From the legendary fire bear, who blazed up when he was angry, to deer, wolves, fox, and beaver, no animal was sacred, or without purpose.
I was, however troubled when a male wolf, looking after two cubs was killed, and then the mother was, subsequently lured out of the den, and shot, too. The only reason I could find for killing the pair was the boys wanted the cubs as pets. During another gruesome scene, one of Balsers friends is burned alive, along with the fire bear mentioned above. The final killing scenes includes a fawn and its mother. The fawn is shot in order to lure the mother to its side. Bam! Another one bites the dust. The coup de grâce, an especially brutal fox-trapping scene, which I won't describe, ends the book on a sickening note, at least for this reader.
I'd recommend The Bears of Blue River, for sixth grade and beyond, and only then if the reader is comfortable with killing, and the raw brutality of living in the wilds of a Southern Indiana woods.
Mary Cunningham, author, Cynthia's Attic Series
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It's poorly written. Full of typos and misspelling, enough to be distracting. There is no plot or conclusion. Very little in the way of character developmentPublished 28 days ago by Jill Forster
Loved this book. The stories of Balser and his escapades in Indiana are intriguing to say the least. Multiple spelling/editorial errors but doesn't take away from the contentPublished 1 month ago by MawJeannie
I love this book. My Dad read it as a child; I read it; and then read it to my sons cover to cover on a snowy day. I purchased this copy to have for any future grandchildren.Published 2 months ago by LargeEventPlanner
Great read for young and old. The dealer came through. I didn't have to deal with the dealer at all! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lee Parsons
This book is filled with typos (repeating of phrases, misspelled words). The story is great but this is a very poor copy.Published 4 months ago by sunshineandj
Loved reading this, couldn't put it down until I read the whole book.Published 4 months ago by Angela Renee Cawein
I started reading this book to my son this evening and it is engaging from the very beginning. However, there are a significant number of typos in this particular edition in the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dawn Duran
A beautiful book from my childhood that I am now sharing with my grandsons. I only wish that the editing had not been so sloppy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ann Neilsen