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The Girl Who Lived with the Bears
When a chief’s spoiled young daughter sets out to collect berries, she sees no reason to sing bear songs like her friends do--why should she honor the creatures of the forest? This traditional Native American tale from the Pacific Northwest offers a compelling lesson of tolerance and respect for the natural world. “A graceful and poignant retelling.”--Publishers Weekly
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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This book introduces some native American culture which is a plus. The book also has wonderful illustrations in my opinion. However, the one drawback I see is that in a particular part of the book it talks about "giving birth". Nothing graphic but it may bring up questions a teacher does not want to have to answer inside the classroom. I might hesitate to use the book in its entirety within my own classroom for that reason.
Oct 31, 2014 Maddy Hay rated it it was amazing
A chief's daughter is captured by Bears because she was talking disrespectfully of them. The bears could turn into humans whenever they wanted to and the young girl thought the bears were disgusting. In exchange for her life the Bear chief arranged for her to marry his nephew. After a while, the girl became to love her sweet husband and had two cubs who also could change into humans. Her brother comes in search for her and kills her bears husband and takes her back to her own village. The women ...more
I thought this book was very engaging and would be a great book for the beginning of the school year with a new class. This book uses a unique way of portraying characters to show that differences are not bad and teaches that we cannot judge something before fully understanding it. It shows children that often times we do not like things, when, in reality, we simply are unfamiliar with them.