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*Bear Despair (Stories Without Words)* by Gaetan Doremus
Bear Despair (Stories Without Words)
by Gaetan Doremus
Ages 3-6 32 pages Enchanted Lion September 2012 Hardcover    

This wordless picture book (first published in 2010 as Chagrin díours) is the sixth book in the Stories without Words series.

Bear is crying because his stuffed teddy bear was stolen. Bear chases each animal that comes to possess it, but just as the teddy bear is in his reach, the animals toss it away again.

After Bear gets his revenge on the thieves by swallowing them whole, his stomach grows bigger and bigger (just as in the book The Fat Cat by Jack Kent). A smile returns to Bearís face, though, when a giant squid retrieves his bear from the ocean.

Perhaps feeling a bit apologetic, Bear opens his mouth and all the animals escape. Bear can now resume sleeping under the stars with his teddy bear in his arms.

Cross-hatching and line markings add texture and color to the minimalist style illustrations. The story gives children a chance to discuss emotions and predict behaviors.
 


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