I Know a Bear by Mariana Ruiz Johnson - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

I Know a Bear by Mariana Ruiz Johnson - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

I Know a Bear by Mariana Ruiz Johnson - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

Richie's Picks: I KNOW A BEAR by Mariana Ruiz Johnson, Random House / Schwartz & Wade, September 2014, 28p., ISBN: 978-0-385-38614-2

"Mercy mercy me, Things are not what they used to be, no no" - Marvin Gaye, 1971

"I know how to bear that far from far away. From a place he calls the Land of the Bears. I tell you that the breakfasts are sweet, the trails are lush, and the rivers are like bathtubs. "

I KNOW A BEAR is one of the most thought-provoking books of 2014. It sure stopped me in my tracks.

Richie's Picks: I KNOW A BEAR by Mariana Ruiz Johnson, Random House / Schwartz & Wade, September 2014, 28p., ISBN: 978-0-385-38614-2

"Mercy mercy me, Things are not what they used to be, no no" - Marvin Gaye, 1971

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"I know how to bear that far from far away. From a place he calls the Land of the Bears. I tell you that the breakfasts are sweet, the trails are lush, and the rivers are like bathtubs. "

I KNOW A BEAR is one of the most thought-provoking books of 2014. It sure stopped me in my tracks.

Two-thirds of the way through this dreamy romp of a little-girl-and-a-bear picture book story, it is revealed that the bear is, in fact, and that the little girl visits him at the zoo. The story concludes with the little girl opening a window at home and happily liberating her pet bird from her cage.

The many liberating sociological and technology advances and transitions that have occurred over the past sixty years make me feel that I've lived through one of the most amazing ages in the history of mankind. At the same time, the disappearance of so many species and so much of the planet's open space and natural beauty provides a sobering counterweight to those gains.

We can continue to work towards more humane zoos. Otherwise, there are no clear remedies for these struggles over land use and resource exploitation. There is no turning back the clock.

Richie Partington, MLIS
Richie's Picks With poetic simplicity and charming digitally-enhanced graphite illustrations, I KNOW A BEAR offers the latest generation of rugrats something big to think about. http://richiespicks.pbworks.com
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