The Great Bear

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Candlewick Press, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
9 Reviews
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.

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

2.5 actually for me. I like the story: a cruelly treated circus bear finally manages to stand up for herself and flees into the heavens to become Ursa Major. I also like the metaphor for freedom of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lilkitty - Goodreads

the great bear is a very interesting book which takes a sharp turn in the joirney of fairytales. a bear trying to escape from an abused life filled with animal cruelty. its time to stand up for yourself. will this be the bears last breath? Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Libby Gleeson is the award-winning author of more than thirty books for young readers, including picture books, novels, and nonfiction. She lives in Australia.

Armin Greder is an internationally renowned illustrator of many distinctive picture books, several of them written by Libby Gleeson. He lives in Australia.

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