The Great Bear

By Libby Gleeson; Armin Greder (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763651367, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 12, 2011

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The spare, emotionally powerful story of a circus bear who finally breaks free is told with simple narration and intense, expressive illustrations.

Once there was a dancing circus bear who spent her days in a cold, hard cage. Each night she was led to the town square, where acrobats, trapeze artists, and clowns performed for a boisterous crowd. The bear performed, too, year in and year out, lifting her feet and swaying to the music of trumpets, drums, and cymbals. As she danced, some people clapped, and many poked her with sticks or threw stones. One night, however, the bear did not dance. She stood very still. And then she let out a mighty roar. . . . This deeply affecting tale of a bear who escapes cruelty to find a mythical release will resonate with all who love animals, while offering a universal message about freedom and dignity.

About the Author
Libby Gleeson has written more than twenty books for children, including WHERE'S MOM?, illustrated by Craig Smith, and THE GREAT BIG SCARY DOG and UNCLE DAVID, both illustrated by Armin Greder. Of CUDDLE TIME, she says her aim was to write an "intensely rhythmic text suited to the very young child." Inspiration came when she recalled "my own three girls, and the years they spent coming into our bed." LibbyGleeson lives in Australia. Julie Vivas has illustrated many books for children, including SLEEPY PENDOODLE by Malachy Doyle; POSSUM MAGIC and WILFRED GORDON MCDONALD PARTRIDGE by Mem Fox; and THE VERY BEST OF FRIENDS by Margaret Wild. Of this book she says, "Libby Gleeson's text drew me into the early morning game of a toddler and her baby brother." Julie Vivas lives in Australia.Armin Greder is an art instructor and a former graphic designer. He is the award-winning illustrator of "Danny in the Toolbox, "An Ordinary Day," Princess and the Perfect Dish, "and "Uncle David,"
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