GOOD AS NEW by Barbara Douglass


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I thought my Grandpa could fix anything,"" this begins, setting readers up to expect an exception. Then Grady goes on to tell how his younger cousin K.C., left for a day in the care of Grady's parents, cries for Grady's bear until Grady gives in to his parents' urging to hand it over. By the time K.C. goes home, the bear has been dragged around, smeared with peanut butter, hosed, and buried in the sand. Can Grandpa fix the bear? Grandpa says he can make it good as new, but Grady is apprehensive. And we see him looking skeptical or aghast or covering his eyes as Grandpa slits the bear; removes the stuffing; scrubs, hangs to dry, restuffs, and stitches the coat; and re-attaches the ears. Then Grady pronounces the bear ""better than new."" Perhaps small children will share Grady's suspense, though the outcome must be obvious to anyone over five. Still, among the otherwise stiff figures, Grady's posture conveys all the rage and distress he must feel as the bear is mistreated, and all his worry as it's being repaired.

Pub Date: May 17th, 1982
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard