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 Archie and the bear
 Author: Louise, Zanni

 Publisher:  Clarion (2018)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [31] p., col. ill., 23 x 24 cm

 BTSB No: 588000 ISBN: 9781328973412
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Bears -- Fiction
 Imagination -- Fiction
 Human-animal relationship -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

Archie is a bear, not a boy in a bear suit. He meets a bear, who claims to be a boy, not a bear in a boy suit. The two spend the day together, teaching each other about being bears and being boys--pretend or otherwise.

 Illustrator: Mackintosh, David

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/18)
   Booklist (09/01/18)

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Booklist - 09/01/2018 Despite his small stature, opposable thumbs, and human parents, Archie, wearing a cute bear-eared cap, insists he is a bear, no matter what the adults in his life say. When he encounters a bear in the forest who’s quite sure he’s a boy (check out his natty red sweater!), the two share tips on what boys or bears do, like catch fish or skip stones. As chilly night falls, they agree that cozy places and honey sandwiches are best for both boys and bears, and a solid friendship is born. While the story of two misfits finding solidarity in each other is a perennial one, Mackintosh’s whimsical illustrations freshen it up with bold cut-paper elements, varied points of view, and a playfully absurd sense of scale. Archie is tiny—barely knee-high around adults—and the bear looms over the page, with only a hindquarter or jaw taking up the majority of the space. Though that size difference might seem intimidating, this gentle story reminds readers that friends don’t have to look the same to find common ground. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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