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by William Pene Du Bois

  • ISBN: 0437348245
  • Category: Сhildren's books
  • Author: William Pene Du Bois
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (November 7, 1975)
  • Pages: 48 pages
  • FB2 size: 1187 kb
  • EPUB size: 1232 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 487
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Reviews about Bear Party (7):
This is my favorite childhood book.
I love this book and the lovely illustrations. I ordered the paperback as a memento from childhood but someday will get the collectors version in hardback. Charming story and adorable Koalas making friends. Perfect for any age.
Ferri - My name
I loved this book as a library book when I was little. I was happy to find it! ** **
I grew up with this book and it made a lasting impression on me. It's the costumes I remember from childhood.
I have to admit it. This book left me scratching my head wondering exactly what the other reviewers saw in it.

The Story: The koalas at the zoo have become disenchanted with one another. No one remembers why, but the end result is that they are not speaking to one another. The wisest koala decides that if they have a great costume ball that all will again become copacetic. Well, the rest of the less-wise koalas love the idea. They soon gather in their many costumes and dance their many dances. At sundown, they happily obey the suggestion of the wise old Koala to take their costumes off. (The wise old koala believes that once the costumes are off that they will behave more civilly.) So what happens?

It turns out all the anger isn't gone. Despite having such a fine party, the bears can't let go of their crankiness because they can't tell who is who. We are told by the author that "Koala bears are famous for looking very much alike...." and so they go back to being angry.

The Hunting Bear
didn't know the Nurse Bear.

The Indian Bear didn't
know the Chinese Bear.

They started to get angry all
over again and some low growling
was heard.

The wise old bear is not flummoxed by this turn of events. Mustering up his wisdom, he suggests they all put their costumes back on and go on with the dance. This they do and the Koala's dance the night away. And

The next day, it turns out that the bears had such a good time that they decide to wear parts of their costumes... and so [drum roll] they learn to differentiate themselves once again. And... the book concludes with: "He scratched his head and thought: "From now on, in Koala Park, there must be many, many more BEAR PARTIES!"

Huh? Perhaps the point is that we need differences to get along. Or perhaps there is no point. [Or perhaps I could be more creative about finding one if I had more sleep and more coffee.]

Two Stars. Intriguing artwork that is worth sharing. The story just isn't there.
What. This is a weird book. It feels like it should have a moral, but it absolutely does not. There's no way I can get a moral out of this, but it feels like it's moralizing about something. Maybe it's just a moral I can't see.

There's a bunch of koala bears and for some unknown reason they get mad at each other and stop looking at each other. The wise bear says, "We're going to have a party! It's going to be a masquerade party!" Which of course gives the artist license to draw a bunch of rather stereotypical caricatures. But, hey. And they have lots of fun at the party. And then the wise old bear says, "Take off your costumes!" And since koala bears look alike, they can't recognize each other. And they're like, "Oh no!" So they put their costumes back on and they're happy again. And then they just wear a part of their costumes until they learn to recognize each other without the costumes. And the wise bear says, "More parties!" Maybe the message is, "Parties are awesome"? I don't know. Hard to tell.

It really feels like it's straining to say something about prejudice, or maybe war, but I can't for the life of me figure out what.

Message: Parties are awesome?

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This quiet gem of a book has illustrations which transcend the merely beautiful - they evoke a kind of deeply-felt otherworldliness, in the same way that dreams can. I had this book as a child, and it left a special, magical, imprint unlike any other book I remember. It's a nice story as well. It's a pity that it seems to be out of print. Grab it if you have the chance. I have only seen (& own) the hardcover edition, so I don't know how thw softcover measures up.
i was recently in a Kwala park in AU and when I suggested they should get a printing of this book to sell in the gift shop they were very strongly opposed as Kwalas are not Bears!
when I first saw a live Kwala, I immediately recalled this book and how much I enjoyed it as a child...I felt it was a social issue the author was trying to explain, even tho' they looked alike, they all were different in some way.

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