Many years ago a little brown bear came to town...
In the window of Mr. Winkles's secondhand store, there lives a bear with tangerine fur and an upside-down smile. The Tangerine Bear dreams of having a home of his own, but it seems that on one will ever want him. Until one day, a stranger comes into the store...and something extraordinary happens.
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Betty and Michael Paraskevas, who are mother and son, have collaborated on several picture books with a verse narrative, including four about the legendary Junior Kroll. The Tangerine Bear is their first book with a story told in prose. They live in Southampton, New York.
A classic premise, weakly tweaked. A teddy bear can't understand why no one will buy him, until he discovers that he's defective: his mouth is upside down. He ends up in a junk store window, faded by the sun, next to other damaged items whose tales of woe inexplicably make him laugh. Finally a customer does offer to buy him, but the owner suddenly declares he's not for sale, since he's ``the only family I have.'' Bear's melancholy vanishes instantly. In the textured, highly idiosyncratic paintings, Bear's frowning, oddly lopsided mouth gives him a surly look, and also gives visual expression to the story's off-center air. Stick with Corduroy. (Picture book. 6-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description HarperTrophy, 1900. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110064437140
Book Description HarperTrophy. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0064437140 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0955810