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Gentle Ben [Paperback]

By Walt Morey & John Schoenherr (Illustrator)
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Item Number 160984  
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Item Specifications...

Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Puffin
Age  9-12
ISBN  0140360352  
EAN  9780140360356  
UPC  051488005995  

Availability  77 units.
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Item Description...
Traces the friendship between a boy and a bear in the rugged Alaskan Territory

Publishers Description

The Alaskan wilderness is a lonely place for Mark Andersen, especially after the death of his older brother, Jamie. But in time Mark finds someone else to love--Ben, an Alaskan brown bear so huge that no one else dares come near him. Gentle Ben has been a favorite of readers of all ages for 25 years, and is a timeless story of a rare friendship. An ALA Notable Book.

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More About Walt Morey & John Schoenherr

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Walt Moreywas an award-winningauthorof numerous works of children'sfictionset in the U.S.Pacific NorthwestandAlaska, the places where Morey lived for all of his life. His bookGentle Benwas the basis for the 1967 movieGentle Giantand the 1967-1969 television showGentle Ben."

Walt Morey has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Living History Library (Bethlehem Books)
  2. Puffin Modern Classics

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A story that will stay emblazoned in your mind for years to come, and warm your heart  Feb 9, 2006
Mark Andersen leads quite a lonely existence in the Alaskan wilderness, where he lives with his mother and father. Things wouldn't be so lonely if his older brother was still around, but since his death, Mark has been devoid of contact with anyone even close in age to him. Due in large part to the fact that he's the smallest boy at school - at least for his age - and risks injury if he plays with the stronger boys, so he keeps to himself. That is, until he discovers a friend named Ben. Ben isn't your average friend. He's an Alaskan brown bear "brownie," who is larger than life, and frightens anyone who sees him. Except for Mark. Mark knows how gentle Ben is, and quickly befriends him. Mark and Ben discover that they are much more like one another than anyone could possibly know, and forge a strong bond. But when the local townspeople find out about Mark and Ben's relationship, they are determined to destroy it. Even if it means destroying Ben.

Animal stories always have a strong place in my heart, so when I discovered Walt Morey's GENTLE BEN, I knew that I would adore the story. And I did. Much like Sterling North's RASCAL, GENTLE BEN captures the essence of falling in love with a wild animal, and keeping it as a pet, even when the world is against your decision. It's about the special bond that humans and animals hold with one another. Mark is a lovable character, whose small body, but strong mind, make him the ideal friend for Ben. While Ben is a character that will never be forgotten, based solely on the kindness in his heart, and his laugh-out-loud antics. A story that will stay emblazoned in your mind for years to come, and warm your heart.

Erika Sorocco
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
Bears Of the Wild!!!!  Jan 24, 2006
This book is touching. The animal is abused but then is loved by Mark. Once he goes out he gets happy. They are afraid he'll turn wild again, but he stayss tame. It was sad when they let him go, but i am happy that he iss not endangered anymore and can eat his fill... This was a great book(RECOMENDED)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good book, questionable premise.  Dec 12, 2005
Bears are still wild, even those in captivity.

This is one of those books I call "animal-rights underground book." It has a good story-line, but makes the animal in it too tame. A bear isn't a tame creature. When I see one in the wild, I admire it, but I don't befriend it. This book probably wouldn't happen in real life, but if you want a good read about Alaska or bears for children, this is a good read.
One of the most beautiful!  May 19, 2005
I've just read this book, which is one of the most beautiful I've ever read and I'm very sorry that it isn't available in Slovene language so that our children could read it, too.
It's a book about love between a little boy named Mark and a big brown bear named Ben who became true friends. It's a book about love and care for the wildlife, and also what a man can do if he don't understand or even don't like animals. It's a story which teaches us to listen sometimes to our children and not always only demand from them to act like we think it's normal, because we - grown-up people - can learn a lot from both, from our children and from animals regardless they're their pets or not.
I highly recommend to all of you to read this book. And those who already own one - take it down from the bookshelf and read it again. I think I'll do it in a while, too.
Suspenseful Page-Turner!  Jul 1, 2004
Gentle Ben is a timeless classic about a boy and his... uh... bear! A wonderful, feel-good page turner that effortlessly sweeps you up into the wonderful world of Alaska with its majestic (and fearsome) Brownie bears! After only a few pages you grow to love Ben and Mark, and the constant threats on Ben's life by game hunters, townsfolk, and others keep you turning pages late into the night!

By the way, I am quite a slow reader. I read this book in 1.5 days.


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