The Dancing Bear
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This was a touching and emotional story about a little girl who rescues a malnourished bear cub and brings it into her village, where it becomes a large part of their close-knit community.
I enjoyed the book, but I thought that the end was too sad. I liked Tiny the best because he reminded me of my friend. I would recommend it to older children. It was too sad for a 7-year-old. LoveReading4Kids exists because books change lives, and buying books through LoveReading4Kids means you get to change the lives of future generations, with 25% of the cover price donated to schools in need. Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives.Michael Morpurgo has a talent for making his animals come to life, he makes us wish we too could have a bear as our friend.
The Dancing Bear’ is a short story about an elderly teacher, who watches a young girl adopt a bear cub into her family and build a beautiful friendship with it as they grow up together. Roxanne, the young girl, fights to keep her bear living in their country town as he grows larger. As she ages into a woman, Roxanne visits her bear less and less, he becomes desolate and less responsive in her absence. A film crew then arrives, wishing to use the town and the bear in their music video. The quiet, country town is suddenly turned into a set, the people into extras and Roxanne has to decide whether she will leave to pursue her talents or stay with her friends and family. A short story from Morpurgo, but complete in its plot and character development. An orphaned bear is adopted by a girl in a mountain village, despite her father's protestations. The bear brings about prosperity and tourism to the people, and when a music video crew later visit to film a famous singer's latest pop video, life will change yet again. This book is narrated through the eyes of the villages local teacher. He explains how a small bear came down from the mountains and changed things forever.Armistice Day: A Collection of Remembrance - Spark Interest and Educate Children about Historical Moments David Wood, chair of Action for Children’s Arts, said Morpurgo is “one of our greatest storytellers”. watching Roxanne go the villager go,s into the bears cage , He then realises that the bear is dead.
Well, being the curious sort that I am and working in the mental health field I had to know exactly what the young lady (and male clients) was talking about and how it could possibly be the source of such a response as heard from this young man. We haven’t read much by Michael Morpurgo before and I think this was a great introduction to him. My son loves animals and wanted to know what was going to happen to Bruno. He didn’t like the fact that he was put in a cage but I had to explain that not all bears are as friendly as Paddington or Winnie the Pooh!
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