FICKLE BARBARA by Satomi Ichikawa


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 ``Ballerina Bear Barbara'' is one of many bears living in the room of a Parisian child. She has one good friend, Ralph, but that doesn't stop her when she decides it's time to try some new relationships. What follows is a catalogue of brief encounters with various bears of distinctive character--a handsome one with a husky voice, a funny one, a baby smelling ``of strawberry milk and vanilla biscuit''; the many who are quick to make friends are followed by others offering excuses (Zoe and Gatsby ``said no thank you, they had each other''). Then, Ichikawa, having demonstrated the meaning of fickleness and its likely consequences, and depicted an engaging gallery of cuddly, well- worn bears with her usual charm--gets a wiser Barbara back to her loyal Ralph. The last (copyright) page discloses that the text here is by Patricia Lee Gauch; even if the idea is Ichikawa's, it would be more honest to credit Gauch, at least as coauthor, on the title page. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 1993
ISBN: 0-399-22020-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1993


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