Old Bear (Old Bear and Friends)
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The art is wonderful and the characters are based of Jane Hissey's kid's toys. Highly recommended. A blast from the past for the toys any adult can appreciate and a fun, imaginative story for the kids to enjoy. We love this book in our house!
Jane Hissey's illustrations are absolutely marvelous! So warm and cuddly and realistic; the old bear looks so sweet, worn and real, I felt like I could reach out and touch his soft fur. I really loved this for the illustrations. The story itself is a bit too long-winded and I didn't really sense anything special in the voice; I imagine if Hissey was trying to get into picture books today they would have paired her with another author or else pared dow ...more
But, the story is in the old vein. It's a new classic, of sorts. Nothing striking maybe, but a nice story of friendship, friends who are ready to do anything in their power to help out one of theirs. My son, just 4, was quite touched by the story, but also the illustrations for which he often asked for extra time to admire them before I would turn the page. The pictures are super realistic. Sweet story!
I have to admit to shedding a tear or two when the most beautiful special collector’s limited edition copy of Old Bear came through the letterbox, which brought back so many memories and nostalgia as I gazed upon the golden cover.
The television series was something that I loved watching as a child as well as reading the stories, of the toys in the playroom from Duck to Rabbit and my favorite of them all the little bear with his red trousers. I have always loved teddy ...more
Hissey's paintings are meticulously detailed and realistic. The paintings of the toys are identical to the photo of the toys in the author's blurb at the back! She also wrote a few other stories featuring the same toy animals that were just as lovely.
And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?
I am 23 years old, and upon finding 'Old Bear' listed in the giveaways section, I was overcome with first delight, secondly nostalgia, and then a strange mental image of some toys clinging to a balsa-wood prop plane as it tried to fly into an attic hatch - I actually had to go and check with my mum if Old Bear had been televised, or if I was having a very vivid flashback to my childhood imagination. It turned out to ...more
The characters were distinctive and adorable; and not just because they were stuffed animals and so were automatically endearing to my mind as a nipper. As well as being a cute adventure story, 'Old Bear', most importantly, contains a subtle message about never leaving anybody behind; not your family o ...more
Bramwell Brown, a cuddly little bear, has lots of fun hanging out with his friends: Duck, Rabbit and Little Bear, but like his friends, he does miss Old Bear. Old Bear is no longer with them, because he was being handled too roughly by the children and so has been put up in the attic, away from those harmful hands. But the fluffy toys ...more
The Special Edition copy that arrived was utterly beautiful. Jane Hissey is a very talented artist, and it is the wonderful illustrations that make Old Bear quite so special. I enjoy ...more
author tells how old bear returned to the toy room. Using toys available, friends rescued old bear from a lonely life in the attic. (Shades of Toy Story?)
What child doesn't love to hear what his toys do all day long without him? These books will start his imagination. Good use of animals, but no humans involved.
Recognized in both publishing and TV, Jane Hissey is best known for her children’s book series Old Bear & Friends. First published in 1986, it later became the inspiration for BAFTA award winning TV series Old Bear Stories.
As a child growing up in Norfolk, Jane developed a love for writing and drawing. Her holidays were spent wandering fields and lanes, conjuring up fantastical worlds with pen