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The Biggest Bear Paperback – March 15, 1973
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"Some of his best pictures supplement the story . . . An outstanding book in every way." Horn Book Guide
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Sniff. Sniff. This book takes me back to my childhood in a glorious rush. A beautiful childhood, by the way, filled with playing in the woods and then cuddling up with Mom and my siblings at night to get a bedtime story. The Biggest Bear was one of our often-chosen books. We all loved it so much that several years ago I think about half of our family gave each other copies for Christmas.
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I don't have any documentation, but I think I probably cried over this book and most likely more than once. It's practically as perfect as books get. The story is short but has the ability to draw you in from the very beginning. The antics of the bear took turns making me giggle, feel horrified and dream of one day having a wild pet of my own. (That desire was eventually transferred from bear to coyote and eventually dropped altogether... Unless you consider my dream for a de-scented skunk to be relevant.)
The illustrations are also amazing. I really like how they are in brown and white. It gives the book an old feeling that matches the story perfectly. The drawings are also very detailed and I used to dream of being able to create such lovely visuals.
This is another one of those books that is simply amazing and I'm so thankful to authors who write like this.
I'm giving The Biggest Bear five stars and recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good story.
Yes the story is a bit violent but it’s also ‘real’ world stuff. People do hunt, people do skin animals and people do capture animals and put them in zoos. If any of that offends you than this isn’t the story for you. I see the story as having lots of teachable moments for parents and their kids.
I was so happy when the book arrived but I was quickly disappointed because my copy had about 8 pages that were damaged. So I would rate the product itself at 3 stars, thought it’s nice quality and made with heavy weight paper, my book was damaged.