The Bear and the Travelers: A Story of Trust
. Porchlight Entertainment .
PZ8.2.B43 2002 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Chick-fil-A presents the booklets with their Kids' Meals as part of their program of Growing Kids Inside and Out. The booklets are meant to teach character. Two of the six booklets in the series are fables, and I have been fortunate to find both together and in very good condition. There are seven full-page colored illustrations of TB in this 16-page pamphlet with stiff paper covers. The approach to the story here is curious and engaging. An older badger named Chauncey wants to travel the world. His young friend Alec offers to go with him. Half of the book is spent in Chauncey's imagining the things Alec would do to protect him along the way. They do travel. Once when they are asleep, a hungry bear comes upon them. Alec immediately hides in the woods (not in a tree). The story demonstrates and articulates the need for deeds that show trustworthiness. Might the illustrations here be stills from the PBS TV presentation of the story? The front cover says See it on PBS kids in the lower right corner.