Book Review: The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major

I’m out of library books, so I decided to read “The Bears of Blue River,” one of Josh’s books from when he was a little boy. Described on the cover as “a book for children or adults who love nature and tales of early pioneer life,” I thought it might be right up my alley. The book chronicles the adventures of a boy called Little Balser who lived somewhere near Shelbyville, Indiana in the 1800’s. With a handle like “Little Balser,” it’s no wonder the kid felt the need to prove himself by tangling with so many bears. I haven’t seen any bears since I moved to Indiana, and for that I thank Little Balser, who evidently killed several every week judging by this book! Joking aside, the stories are well-written and Hannah seemed to enjoy the ones I read out loud to her. I think kids would love this book, and I plan to read it to Hannah again when she’s a little older.

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