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 Bear and the piano
 Author: Litchfield, David

 Publisher:  Clarion (2016)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 30 cm.

 BTSB No: 579698 ISBN: 9780544674547
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Bears -- Fiction
 Piano -- Fiction
 Music -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

A bear finds a piano in the woods, learns to play it, and travels to the big city to become rich and famous, but ultimately discovers that his old friends in the forest back home are still the best audience of all.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: .5   Quiz: 181926
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.50
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 67288

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/01/16)
   Booklist (04/01/16)

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Booklist - 04/01/2016 One bright day, a young bear finds something strange in the middle of the forest: a piano. It makes a horrible sound when he touches it, but his curiosity is piqued. Day after day he returns, and as he grows, so does his skill at the instrument. All the other bears in the forest love to come hear him play, and eventually, a father and a daughter hiking in the woods overhear him and convince him to play in the big city. But no matter how much fame and acclaim he gets—and the glorious two-page spread of him playing at a Broadway concert suggests a lot of it—the bear still finds himself missing his friends. The story is a fairly standard tale of leaving and returning home, but the mixed-media illustrations are luminous. From the ivy-covered piano in a forest clearing to the stars winking over the city at night, the spreads are highly detailed and lovingly crafted. Young readers will find much to look at in city and forest scenes alike. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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