I have several, but one that I had my parents read to me until it was falling apart was The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter by Evelyn Scott, illustrated by Virginia Parsons. I just recently begged my mother to see if she could find it and was THRILLED when she did!
I loved that each of the cubs had their own house in a tree and that
“All the trees looked different inside.
One had plump chairs with fringe.
One had a velvet couch.
One had furniture with painted flowers.
One had a modern couch.
This one had a braided rug.
And this one had a Chinese screen.
This bear’s house had a kitchen fireplace.
This bear’s house had a marble mantle.
And this bear’s house had a red tile floor.
This bear’s house was like a castle.
And this one was small and cozy.
Each bear had a separate tree house, except Little Theodore, because he was so little. He stayed with his mommy and daddy.
I was fascinated by the idea of youngsters having their own special house and would fantasize for hours what my house in a tree would be like.
I was endlessly bothered by the fact that there was no sequel of Fourteen Bears Spring and Autumn. This book was begging for a companion!
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