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Grizzwold by Syd Hoff
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Grizzwold gets pushed from his home and goes in search of a new one. A book meant to be an easy read for young children. ( )
  dbuster | Apr 20, 2016 |
Grizzwold by Syd Hoff is one of mother's early reader books. I don't know if she had a thing for stories about bears or they were just incredibly popular when she was a child. Anyway, she had a bunch of them.

Grizzwold is a bear — perhaps a grizzly bear — who is feeling the crunch of the shrinking environment. He, like so many bears (think of the hot tubbing bears near the Angeles National Forest), decides to find a new home, in and amongst the human beings who have displaced him.

Grizzwold ends up in all the places displaced bears go — inside the home (as a living bearskin rug!), the circus, the zoo, but none of these places provide the safety and happiness he so desires. Fortunately there is a home, one very much like the one he was forced out of, but this one is protected — a National Park.

It's a fairly typical pro-environmental story but Hoff brings just the right amount of humor and sensitivity to it. Usually the bear isn't made the protagonist, even when he's the one being displaced. ( )
  pussreboots | Jul 16, 2014 |
Reason for Reading: My son read aloud to me as his reader.

Grizzwold is typical Syd Hoff. Wonderful, expressive, humorous illustrations decorate a funny story with a subtle message and an oversized lovable main character. Grizzwold is a huge bear, the biggest in the forest. Soon there is a bang and he sees men chopping down trees until one day there are no trees in the forest. Grizzwold takes the men to task and they apologize but explain they are loggers and how paper must be made. Grizzwold can't live in a forest without trees so he goes to look for trees in a desert, on a mountain, in a house, etc. He even tries out the zoo and circus where he finds other bears but that's not for him. When he finally comes to a new forest he is so happy and so are the hunters, until a park ranger saves the day telling all that this is a National Park where bears are safe and hunters do not belong.

I really appreciate how the 1960s version of this environmental message is portrayed in a subtle way, telling both sides of an issue fairly. While at the same time, it still comes out siding with nature and gives the reader something to think about or discuss. Many of today's writers of children's environmentalist stories could take a lesson on the form shown here. It shows when a book published in 1963 is still in print almost 50 years later! Yeah Syd Hoff!

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  ElizaJane | Jun 18, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064440575, Paperback)

Grizzwold the lovable bear is having a tough time finding somewhere to live. He's too big for most places, and too clumsy for others. He's not even any good as a live bearskin rug! Will Grizzwold ever find a home that's just right?

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After lumbermen cut down his forest, Grizzwold-a large bear of the far North-searches for a new home.

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