The Dancing Bear
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Dancing Bear by Michael Morpurgo
Book DescriptionA gentle and deeply moving story of a young girl and her bear, told with great charm by a master storyteller. High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable, beloved by the whole village - safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear...
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780006745112
(197mm x 130mm x 5mm)
Imprint: HarperCollins Children's Books
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 29-Jun-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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US Kirkus Review » Readers of Morpurgo's Waiting for Anya (1990), which also featured an orphaned bear cub, may feel this novella is set in the same tiny, sheepherding village in the French Pyrenees. Roxanne, a sweet girl who sings like an angel, adopts a gentle abandoned cub that adores her. Years later, when a famous pop singer and his entourage arrive to make a music video based on "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," Roxanne is given a starring role; she is soon charmed away to a life of fame and fortune, leaving her beloved bear behind. The morning after her departure, the bear is found dead, upright in his cage as if staring after Roxanne. This is an affecting story, certainly, but the bear's sudden death is melodramatic, and Roxanne is such a sympathetic character that her sudden neglect of home ties is scarcely credible. However, the Pied Piper theme is thoroughly developed, and the misty black-and-white drawings echo the pervasive melancholy of the text. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Book Review: Dancing Bear by Michael Morpurgo - Reviewed by Romi Foster (26 Nov 2011)
The Dancing Bear is one very sad and short book by MIchael Morpurgo. The story of a village girl and the bear she brings up, it covers they're life together and is definitly, though it is rather short, one of his most affecting stories.
I remember reading it and feeling as if it was a whilwind; with some books you think back to them and decide to read them again because you don't truly remember the ending, or the middle, but with The Dancing Bear, the story is unforgettable, though none the less a book that deserves to be bought; it is one to make you feel lots of emotions and one to maybe make you cry. It is very very powerful.
Author Biography - Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include 'Shadow', 'A Medal for Leroy' and 'Little Manfred'. His novel 'War Horse' has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children's Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.
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