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Jason's bears
Bauer, Marion Dane.
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First edition.
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New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2000.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Jason's enthusiasm for bears is dampened when his big brother tells him that they are going to eat him up.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Jason's enthusiasm for bears is dampened when his big brother tells him that they are going to eat him up. Illustrations.

Author Notes

Marion Dane Bauer was born in Oglesby, Illinois. She attended community college first, in her home town, and then went to the University of Missouri when she was a junior to study journalism. She quickly realized that journalism was not for her and changed her focus to the humanities and a degree in English literature. She switched one last time to focus on teaching english, which she did when she graduated college.

After her children were born, Bauer decided to try her hand at writing. She started out with a children's picture book, but discovered that youg adult novels were more to her taste. After making a career out of writing, Bauer became the first Faculty Chair at Vermont College for the only Master of Fine Arts in Writing program devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults.

Bauer is the author of more than forty books for young people. She has won many awards, including a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for her novel Rain of Fire and an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for On My Honor and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. Her picture book My Mother is Mine was a New York Times bestseller.

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Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A bear fan from the word go, Jason's delight in all things ursine deflates when his older brother begins to turn his beloved bears into frightful apparitions. "The bear in the corner of the basement behind the furnace likes noses," Kurt tells his gullible sibling, elaborating on several imaginary fierce bears that lurk around the house. Jason's imagination runs away with him, and soon he's "trying not to think about bears." In a rather odd resolution, a bear-shaped gingerbread cookie (each bite bolsters his courage) helps Jason banish his fears and the scary bears. Bauer (If You Were Born a Kitten) pinpoints the empowerment that comes from overcoming childhood fears and enlivens the narrative with zippy descriptions (e.g., bears that "humphed and grumphed"). Hawkes (Weslandia) goes to town with the bear theme, outfitting Jason (¬Ö la Max in Where the Wild Things Are) in brown hooded jammies complete with bear ears, in a bedroom with bear wallpaper--even bear sheets and comforter. He also uses light and dark effectively, from the bear-shaped shadows that Kurt's hands cast on the walls to the grizzly shadow that Jason throws off as he eats the cookie and regains his nerve. A recipe for gingerbread bears is included. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Jason loves bears. He reads about them, draws them, and even pretends to be one. Then his older brother Kurt tells him that there are bears living in the backyard, in the basement, in the hall closet, and even under Jason's bed, all of whom are eager to eat him. Terrified, the youngster decides he wants nothing more to do with his once-favorite animal. However, when Kurt makes him a Ginger Bear cookie, Jason chomps away at it, conquering his fears with each bite. Empowered, he scares the beasts away-all except for one that he invites to live under Kurt's bed. This delightful tale tackles two common childhood troubles-monsters and older siblings-and the protagonist's success is doubly pleasing. Bauer's descriptive text clearly sets the scene and the snappy kidlike dialogue begs to be read aloud. While the ending is reminiscent of that in Dick Gackenbach's Harry and the Terrible Whatzit (Clarion, 1979), it is sure to leave children cheering Jason's triumph and his sweet revenge on his brother. Hawkes's double-page acrylic paintings perfectly complement the text. The oversized bears of Jason's imagination realistically portray his fears while still capturing the story's humor. The brushstrokes are bold, the colors are intense, and the facial expressions are priceless. The inclusion of the Ginger Bear cookie recipe provides a perfect activity tie-in for storyhour groups.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.