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Friday, October 23, 2009
Illustrated Friday: Old Bear
In honor of my birthday that's just two days away, I'm giving a gift to everyone else! This book was one of my absolute favorites as a child and now that I'm a grown up I like to share this book with kids whenever I have the opportunity.
Old Bear is one of those books that always makes me feel good, no matter how crappy my mood may have been before I picked it up. Old Bear, the patriarch of the family of stuffed animals, has been packed up and sent to the attic, and the other stuffed animals are going to rescue him! There's just one problem though- how are they going to get to the attic door?
The illustrations in this book are heartwarming and beautiful, and the story has just enough action and suspense to keep little kids breathless and big kids excited for the happily ever after. Jane Hissey, the author of the book, wrote some other ones featuring the same cast of characters, and they're all just as enjoyable as this one. I'm in the process of collecting them all for my own illustrated book collection, and I even have a duplicate of Old Bear that's just to take to school to read with my class, since absolutely nobody is allowed to touch my original copy from when I was little.