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The Bears We Know


Does anyone really know the bears next door? Every neighbourhood has its black sheep ... but this one has bears. Well, nobody has actually seen the inhabitants of the house at the end of the road, but that doesn't stop the gossip about The Bears We Know. In colourfully mischievous illustrations, readers are invited to see for themselves these ursine neighbours living life as they see fit. They sleep late every day, and their house is a mess. They eat bagfuls of chips, and they jump on the furniture. They sing songs that make them cry, and they stay up way too late. Also, they growl if anyone gets too close, so nobody visits. But you don't need to visit to know all about these bears... right? This playful story promises to charm even as it challenges with the question "Does anybody really know their next-door neighbours?" Reading Level: Grade K-3


"A fabulous read-aloud." Quill & Quire, 04/09
"Highly imaginative, humorous and engaging." Resource Links, 06/09
"Vlasta van Kampen’s watercolour illustrations are exuberant and joyful." Canadian Children’s Book News, Summer 2009
"The warm, funny watercolors are a great match for the goofy creatures and their various antics." School Library Journal, 09/09

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