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Age Range: 4 - 9
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 The narrator and the bear meet at a circus in Pittsburgh. ``Take me to the big forest, Duke,'' Oregon suggests, and the little clown complies. Thinking of ``pine trees and rivers full of fish,'' the two travel westward from city mills and crowded highways--by bus, train, hitching, and on foot--to the mountains of Oregon's Oregon, where Duke--``light at heart, and happy''--at last discards his clown face. The beauty of this simple story of a companionable journey home is in the emotional power of its quietly lyrical narrative and, especially, its mixed-media art. Freely yet deftly applied, Joos's lush, shadowed colors bring his loosely scribbled figures to life; Duke's appealing vulnerability recalls the great Emmett Kelly, while the spare rendering of roadside scenes is truly a valentine to America. A lovely, poignant journey. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-8167-3305-8
Page count: 40pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1994