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Ben the bear and the honey-suckle tree Paperback – Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 24224 pages
  • Publisher: Hushion House (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968752403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968752401
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 20.3 x 0.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on June 7 2015
Format: Paperback
“<b>Ben The Bear And The Honeysuckle Tree</b>” is a garage sale discovery. <b>Jay Conley</b> wishes to teach children that actions have consequences. It was important enough to him, to make this statement in lieu of a standard plot description. I believe and applaud him. The book contains study questions he proposes. Unfortunately, the way events were written; I don’t feel those messages transferred. The nutshell is that a beloved cub is introduced to a variety of animals and a magical tree. It keeps healthfulness and joy flowing throughout their terrain as long as its citizens - animals - are harmonious.

My initial impression is that if this central axis intended to drive a series of stories, or even this individual one: it was breezed through hastily. The mission statement to keep their world in harmony by behaving themselves, was not cemented clearly. Surely another page or two could be spared to solidify the series’ principal thread. When the landscape sours later; puzzling out the reason takes a bit of a leap. In between, <i>Ben</i> conforms to a toxic personality, <i>Billy</i> bear. Situations along this line are realistic but a sensitive boy like <i>Ben</i> would not make the drastic personality switch that was written.

Boys certainly might offend a girl skunk by calling her ‘stinky’. But <i>Ben’s</i> first instinct was to comfort baby bunnies who were lost. He would not risk harm, nor actually kill a robin’s family, by throwing rocks at her eggs!!!! The author lost me by trivializing animal life, even fictionally and placing physical injury and death along the same lines as name-calling! None of the touted consequences were depicted for either boy, nor an apology for a traumatized Mother. Children as compassionate about all life as I am, would find this horrifying and not to their taste.
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