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Dancing Larry

(Larry the Polar Bear)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Larry the polar bear follows in the footsteps of little Mildred Frobisher's ballet class to overcome strict Madame Swoboda's admonition that bears have no place in ballet.. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 2006 by Marshall Cavendish
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Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Pinkwater Fans / Fans of Larry the Polar Bear
Shelves: ballet, picture-books
It's another Larry book! Hurrah! When Larry the polar bear accompanies his young friend Mildred Frobisher to one of her dance lessons, he is enchanted by this art in which people "tell a story and express feelings through movement." Unfortunately, Madame Swoboda believes that bears do not belong in the ballet. Can Larry and his friends prove her wrong...?

I am a huge fan of the muffin-loving polar bears from Bayonne, whose hilarious adventures are so capably recorded by the brilliant Pinkwaters.
Phil Jensen
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Larry wants to do ballet, but Madame Swoboda says that bears don't belong in ballet! He carries on. I was surprised that this book was not all that focused on the concept of discrimination, and much more focused on how great and interesting ballet is. ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! Mrs Reed enjoyed this as much as her students! I plan to find all the Larry books to read.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
The book didn’t tie up the ending. Larry goes on and on about the dance teacher not thinking polar bears should dance and he invites her to the show. The show happens and that’s it... you don’t see the teacher after
Dancing, talking polar bears. Typical Pinkwater style.
Evan Willliamson
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
As read by Someone with No Time on His Hands

A bear dances and in the end, puts on a show. What? Don’t look at me like that. It’s what happens. I can’t be cute all the time, I’m late for work. Fine. His name’s Larry. That’s all this book is about.

Why was it banned?
Probably was not, although it maybe if we keep coddling our children. I can see a world where people are afraid books will convince people that bears are nice. Like this lady:

Some people just need out of the equation folks. This
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
After the disappointment of Hotel Larry, I'm thrilled to report that Larry is back. One of the better things here is that Larry, not Mildred, tells the story. His 'voice' is a hoot. Why-ever can't polar bears "tell a story and express feelings through movement" and be ballet dancers? After you see Jill Pinkwater's illustrations, it'll seem perfectly believable.
(impulse on a rainy day in Tulsa)
Holds up well to the second read.
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Boring. The wording, the illustrations. Boring.

Larry the polar bear loves blueberry muffins and he has a brother, Roy, who works at the zoo.
Larry attends a dance class that ends up putting on a show called "Goldilocks and the 3 bears" outside the Hotel in New Jersey were he works.
The Brothers
Jan 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ballet, dancing
Really laborious and tedious to read. For some reason I just found this story of a bear wanting to learn ballet ridiculous and boring.

Illustrations are mediocre.
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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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