Cover image for Blackboard Bear
Title:
Blackboard Bear
Author:
Alexander, Martha, 1920-2006.
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1999.

©1969
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Summary:
When a little boy is not allowed to play with the older children, he creates an imaginary friend by drawing a giant bear on his blackboard.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 24117 Guided reading level: J.
ISBN:
9780763606671
Format :
Book

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Summary

What small child has not experienced the pain of being rejected by the big kids? But besides feeling left out, what can a small child do? The boy in this story takes action, creating a friend that all the big kids want to play with. Suddenly, being little doesn't seem to matter nearly as much!First published in 1969, Blackboard Bear was instantly celebrated for its spare, consummate portrayal of a universal childhood experience. Now Martha Alexander, author and illustrator of many popular children's books, has created beautifully detailed full-color illustrations from her original three-color artwork -- thus readying a charming classic for a whole new generation of young fans.


Author Notes

Martha Alexander was born in 1920 in Georgia. She attended the Cincinnati Academy of Art, and lived in many places, including New York, Alaska, and Washington state, before settling in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Alexander was an artist since childhood, trying her hand at ceramics, doll making, fabric and clothing design, portrait painting, children's murals and paintings, decorative collages and mosaics, and teaching art to adults and children. She said after attending the Cincinnati Academy of Art, that she did not find her niche in the art world until, at the age of forty-five, she was given her first children's book to illustrate. She knew then that her long search for the right medium of expression had been more than justified. Alexander was an author and an illustrator of children's books that dealt mostly with what it's like to grow up.

Martha Alexander wrote and illustrated the Blackboard Bear books and has written and illustrated a host of books for children. She died in 2006.

(Bowker Author Biography)