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A Bear Like Me - Chapter Three - Upside Down
By Ruan Mills Burke
Saturday, June 25, 2011

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A Story for children and animal lovers

 The little bear rode on the trolley all the way down another long corridor and into a big cupboard with sliding doors. As he watched, the humans pushed a big button and the cupboard started to move downwards. It made the little bear feel a bit funny. 


At last the cupboard stopped with a bump and the humans pushed the trolley out into a big, bright room. Taking the little bear, they went up to a big desk and sat him on a ledge at the front so that whoever had lost him might see him and said, if he was still there when they came back, they would take him down to the main desk. 

The little bear waited until they had gone and then he wriggled until he was right on the edge. He looked down to see how far he would have to jump and then he fell, head first, straight into a waste-paper basket. 

He wriggled and kicked his legs until finally he was the right way up. He peeled a sweet paper from his nose and looked up at the top of the basket, way above his head. Then he jumped and scrabbled and tried to grasp the rim of the basket to pull himself out but he just could not reach. The little bear sat down and sighed with dismay. He wished the grey mouse were here to lend a paw. 

Hours later, more humans came to the desk. Amongst them there was a woman and a child. The child saw the little bear in the wastepaper basket and lifted him out. She stroked his fur, straightened his ears and tucked him inside her coat. 

That night the child hugged the little bear and told him that the next day they would be going to the zoo to see all the animals. The little bear wondered if there would be bears like him and could not wait to see. 
The pair of them fell fast asleep, their heads full of dreams and excitement. 

Bright and early the next morning whilst the child was having breakfast, the little bear was waiting on the bed when a big black dog jumped up and looked at the bear in surprise. 

"Where did you come from?" said the big black dog "I have not seen you here before." 
The little bear was too scared to speak. 

The dog pushed the bear with his great black nose. "I won't hurt you," he said, licking the little bears face, "I'm very friendly." 

The little bear relaxed a little and, wiping the dog slobber out of his eyes, began to tell his story. 

When he had finished the big black dog looked impressed. "You really are having quite an adventure," said the dog, "and you will see lots of things today if you are going to the zoo. My child owner goes there a lot and always tells me all about it later." 

The little bear leaned forward eagerly. "Are there bears like me there?" he asked, "I really need to find bears like me. Are there?" 

The big black dog rolled onto his back and looked thoughtful, "Well there are bears there, of that I am sure, but I don't know if they are just like you. I think they are bigger than you." 

Just then, a shout came from outside. "That’ll be my breakfast." Said the dog, and he hopped down from the bed and disappeared. 

Moments later, the little bear found himself stuffed into the child's coat pocket and on his way out of the front door. He peeped out and saw the big black dog chasing his tail on the lawn. 

"I'm going now." He called "It was nice to talk to you." 

The big black dog ran down towards the gate. "I forgot to ask you your name." he whined, but the gate closed with a loud click and the little bear was gone.


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Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 6/27/2011
Ruan,
Ah!!!1 Love this fuzzy warm little bear story
and the big black dog that is friendly..
I read it to my son Keegan..mommy what is the
bear's name and the doggie too? ..Keegan is 4..
thank you for sharing this well written
beautiful story

Always Love,
Lady Mary Ann

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