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Bear Upstairs, The

Author: Mozelle  Shirley
Publisher: Henry Holt
Subject/Category: PreK-3
Year Reviewed:: 2006
ISBN: 0805068201
Review: Illustrated by Doug Cushman. The downstairs bear, a writer with a retiring personality who works best in peace and quiet with a cup of tea in her hand is unhappy with the noisy bear moving in upstairs. Upstairs bear makes so much racket moving, dropping and emptying boxes, and singing ridiculous songs in the shower that downstairs bear wonders if she will ever be able to work or sleep again. Cushman splits his lighthearted watercolor illustrations lengthwise so readers see the actions and expressive reactions of characters on both levels. The two finally meet face to face and make some surprising discoveries that may lead to a budding friendship.

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