The Last Bit-Bear: A Fable
Robinson, Sandra Chisholm
. Roberts Rinehart . Boulder, Colo.
PZ7.R56758 Las 1984 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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There is already a copy of the seventh printing -- also from 1990 -- in the collection. I am glad to include this copy of the eighth printing because the book's covers have changed. The circle containing the picture of the last bit-bear on the front cover is larger and includes a blue background. It may even have been recreated. Instead of a brown background for the rest of the covers, there is a mixed white and blue, suggesting clouds and sky. The back cover drops the detail of a monochrome sign pointing to a national park and offers instead in color a picture of the bit-bear moving among the trees. The back cover celebrates that there are over 60,000 copies of this book in print: this ecological fable has become something of a classic. Ellen Ditzler has become Ellen Ditzler Meloy. As I wrote there, this is an engaging story. Clover, a bit-bear, munches on moak leaves. The fish, the rat, the wolf, Numa the whale, and the scientist's son help Clover search for a mate. This ecological tale is heavy against the other animal, humans, and ends sadly: Clover is the last bit-bear and never finds a mate. Clover is very well drawn; he resembles Chewbacca from Star Wars. A good example of the contemporary fashionable sense of fable.