Teddy bear artist Chester D. Freeman and basketry craftsman John E. McGuire have combined their creative talents in writing a new children’s book that reaffirms solid family values and good manners to today’s children. Runaway Bear
is the story of a father, who in his jeweler’s shop, has crafted two beautiful bears-one gold and one brown-for his twin daughters’ birthday. Two nights before the big day, the bears have come to life and the gold bear has run away!
Arrogant and rude, the gold bear has left his maker’s shop on a quest to see the outside world. Unfortunately, he does not realize that he has ripped a stitch and is losing his stuffing along the way. Meanwhile, the brown bear is in pursuit of his friend. Following a trail of sawdust stuffing and insulted animals, he tries to track down his misguided friend, but time is running out. The morning of the little girls’ birthday has almost come, and the bears have yet to return!
This warm and adventurous story teaches children the importance of being kind and polite when dealing with others. It also shows the positive role of a loving and caring father. Runaway Bear is a touching tale that is perfect as a family reader.
About the Authors
Freeman is best known in art and hobbyist circles for his handmade mohair bears which have appeared on the covers of collector’s journals Teddy Bear Artists
and Teddy Bear Review.
Freeman and his bears have also been featured in Teddy Bear and Friends, Early American Life, Colonial Homes,
and Country Living.
McGuire is the nationally recognized author of three instructional books on historic New England basketmaking traditions. He also has written articles for magazines as well as produced and starred in an instructional video on his craft.