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Young Larry (Larry the Polar Bear)

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After being hit on the head by his mother and told to fend for himself, Larry the polar bear floats from Baffin Bay to New Jersey where he gets a job as a lifeguard.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Marshall Cavendish (first published 1997)
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Int'l librarian
Larry knows what he wants – blueberry muffins. Because he’s kind, helpful, honest, and very good at asking sensible questions, he has a great chance of satisfying his desires. The fact that Larry is a medium-sized polar bear is a bit of a problem, but not insurmountable.

This is a wonderful story to reinforce the value of doing good. And it’s funny in such a matter-of-fact way. I love it when mom explains how she’ll one day send Larry and her brother away, and when she describes the quality of h
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Sarah Souther
Laid-back polar bear Larry grows up in the Arctic and develops a taste for blueberry muffins after an encounter with a boat. He ends up drifting to New Jersey on an ice floe and working as a lifeguard in exchange for muffins. This is a fun book, but some kids may be confused by Larry's mom hitting him and his brother on the head and telling them to get lost and fend for themselves ("Wow. That is harsh," Larry and Roy said. "It is Nature's way," Larry and Roy's mother said). Grades preK - 3.
ACS Librarian
Larry knows what he wants 13 blueberry muffins. Because he 19s kind, helpful, honest, and very good at asking sensible questions 13 he has a great chance of satisfying his desires. The fact that Larry is a medium-sized polar bear is a bit of a problem, but not insurmountable.

This is a wonderful story to reinforce the value of doing good. And it 19s funny in such a matter-of-fact way. I love it when mom explains how she 19ll one day send Larry and her brother away, and when she describes the qua
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 21, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
I’ve worked my way through the five Bad Bears Irving and Muktuk books by these authors and love them. Larry appears in that series and was not one of my favorite characters there but in this book I found him extremely endearing. This book is silly and sweet and while not side splitting, funny at times. This did seem geared to young children (although I enjoyed it!) and the Bad Bears books have references that are obviously specifically to entertain adults. Jill Pinkwater’s illustrations are very ...more
Shannon
Jan 16, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
07/09: We appreciated this look at Larry's beginnings.

Amazon Book Description: PreSchool-Grade 3.
The eccentric brilliance of the Pinkwaters shines brightly in this pair of books featuring Larry the polar bear. Young Larry and his brother Roy are a couple of regular cubs, with an absent father of whom they are nonetheless proud ("He found a dead whale one time, and ate the whole thing himself") and a typical polar bear mother ("One day, I will give you a hit in the head myself...and send you off
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Heidi-Marie
This book is much too text-heavy for a storytime--even for school-age. Not enough in the pictures to keep their attention while you read all that. But it is humorous (and silly!) to see where Larry "came from."
Matthew
Sep 20, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book's oddball humor is classic Pinkwater-style weirdness and if that matches your sense of humor, then this book is definitely worth a look. As the earliest book in a series of Larry stories, this one is the start of something fun. And once again, it's another story that lands in New Jersey.
Angela Skeie
Feb 10, 2011 Angela Skeie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic and funny book. My sister got this for my son (she picked it out really fast), which I had to think twice about after reading it. Despite its looks, it’s not quite what you want to tuck your kid in with at night.
Nan
Jan 04, 2009 Nan rated it really liked it
Pinkwater tells a story that adults and kids can love. Especially over a bag of muffins.
Debra
Nov 19, 2012 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, fiction
Pinkwater has such a quirky sense of humor. This story of Larry as a cub and how he arrived in Bayonne , NJ loving blueberry muffins is one of them.
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more
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