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Wise Bear William: A New Beginning Paperback – November 29, 2011
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- 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
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 and following that, for DNA Magazine. Arthur is also the creator of the travel, food, and entertainment blog, The Dizzy Traveler. He grew up in Andover, MA and now resides in New York City.
most recently launched his second novel, Frack. His debut novel was 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story reminded me a little of a vintage style Toy Story where the toys are alive and want to play with children. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Deirdra Eden
A sweet and soulful tale about true friendship. Through Mr. Wooten's toys, we learn about acceptance, caring for others and selflessness in a genuine manner that every child (and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by The GypsyNesters
Move over Beatrix Potter there's a new guy in town. He's wise, he's a bear and he's William!
Well it was 3am Sunday morning and I'd finally got my 2 1/2 year old foster... Read more
Wise Bear William is the story about the tattered old toys that live in the Campbell's attic. Traditionally generations of children, when visiting the house, have come into the... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Amelia Curzon Reviews
This mini-masterpiece is one of the most adorable and best-illustrated children's books I've read. Wise Bear William is about a group of toys in the attic. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Sarah
My Review: Wise Bear William: A New Beginning is a well written story by author Arthur Wooten. Nearly everyone has had a toy that was forgotten in the attic or basement. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Mymcbooks
Arthur Wooten ("Birthday Pie," "On Picking Fruit") switches gears in his latest endeavor, taking readers on a gentler ride. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by Elizabeth J Musgrave
Arthur Wooten's "WISE BEAR WILLIAM" rises above most books in this genre because it offers us A) a compelling tale that's easy to embrace and B) gives a character we can root for. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by GREG ARCHER
Oh. My. Goodness ... I am absolutely in love with Wise Bear William: A New Beginning!
As soon as I saw the cover and read the summary on the back, I was hooked. Read more