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Ask Mr. Bear: 08/09/07

Ask Mr. Bear

Ask Mr. Bear is another of the old children's books I found last month. As with Mr. Pingle and Mr. Buttonhouse, I was drawn to the book for its illustrations. In this case, the author, Marjorie Flack also illustrated the book.

The book published during the Depression, follows a young boy on a quest for a birthday present for his mother. As with so many children's books, the boy goes from farm animal to farm animal asking advice from each. When each suggests a gift that they can give and that his mother already has, he moves on to the next.

At last though he is out of farm animals and strikes out on his own into the forest to seek the advice of Mr. Bear. When the boy headed into the mountain, I began to grin, finally remembering reading this story to my brother when we were children. The gist of the story is that it's the thought that counts and that showing love is sometimes the most important gift a person can give.

Ask Mr. Bear is another book I plan to keep to read to my children and to myself.

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