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Bhimsa, The Dancing Bear

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Set in India, Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear follows the adventures of two boys, David and Gopali, as they roam the country with a dancing bear.
120 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1945)
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Aug 03, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Pretty lame. How in the world did the boys get away without a hue & cry? Didn't David ever get the least bit homesick? Or even sunburned? And when splashing in a pool, one 'dunks' one's friends, rather than 'ducks' them. I guess it was a fantasy adventure back in the day... and it did tell us something of India (but for that, I prefer Gay Neck: The Story of a Pigeon, an earlier Newbery Medal winner).

There was one bit of overt moralizing, spoken by a minor character, that may also have influe
Thomas Bell
Aug 13, 2011 Thomas Bell rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery-honors
I thought this was a very cute book. It is about a boy who, with his pet bear, got swept away from his mountain village in Northern India during a bad storm. He befriends another boy and together they go through some adventures on their way back to find the village.

Some things I liked about the book:

First, the boy with the bear was an Indian and the addition was an English colonist. However, throughout the book this is a complete non-issue, and it becomes easy to forget their different backgroun
Jul 19, 2012 Archy rated it liked it
David (presumably a British boy) and Gopala embark on an adventure with Bhimsa the highly intelligent bear. They hike from the plains of India back up into the Himalayas in search of Gopala's family.

While this wasn't one of the top 20 Newberry Honor books I've read, it was pretty good. The characters are likable and there is some mild suspense. My favorite aspect of the book is the descriptions of how the terrain changes as they hike upward. You can imagine the forrest closing in and then openi
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Dec 04, 2014 Mckinley rated it liked it
A young English(?) boy, David, meets up with a native boy, Gopali, and his trained bear, Bhimsa, making their way home. They all join up and have some adventures. Has a bit of a timeless feel to it.
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British writer born Christine Goutiere in Unao in northern India. She married an American businessman, Robert Weston in 1923, and moved with him to Maine, where she resided thereafter. Some of her fiction is set in New England. After her first husband's death in the early 1950's, she married Roger Griswold in 1960. He died in 1973.

Weston wrote 10 novels; more than 30 short stories, most of which a
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