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S: How the Bears Came to be at the Chickadee Tree by B. Ann Word

FC: How the Bears Came to be at the Chickadee Tree | by B. Ann Word Illustrated by Barbara A. Word

1: How the Bears Came to be at The Chickadee Tree by B. Ann Word copyright 2006

3: She had flower gardens and she had vegetable gardens She had berry bushes and she had fruit trees. | Taking care of her gardens and flowers and fruit trees kept her very busy

4: In the fall she put her gardens and trees to bed for the winter. | The winter was long, and Elenor Mary didn't have anything to do. She was lonely.

5: One day while tidying up her little house, she decided to make some bears to keep her company. | After she had her supper, she sat beside her warm woodstove, sipping her tea and honey, and she began to make. . . | small bears and big bears and in- between bears

7: Bears, bears and more bears. She had so many bears ... | she wasn't lonely any more. | But, Elenor Mary had so many bears, she had to give them away...

8: She gave them to her nieces and nephews | her neighbors and the mailman! | Soon Everyone in Woolwich had a bear.

9: One day Elenor Mary had to leave her cozy little house and move to a home where kind people could take care of her. She took some of her little bears with her to keep her company. But, what about the bears that were left behind? | Well, the bears that were left behind were very worried. Elenor Mary wasn't in the cozy little house to take care of them any more. There was no warm wood stove and no tea and honey.

10: (Scenery from watercolor by Elenor Mary Harnish Sanders)

11: (Scenery taken from watercolor by Elenor Mary Harnish Sanders)

16: The bears were very excited and they began to run and run and run until all of a sudden they saw another sign at the bottom of a little driveway that led up to a cozy little house. The sign said... Chickadee Tree (Bears Welcome) | The bears ran up to the cozy little house and knocked on the door, and they knocked, and they knocked... But no one was home. "Oh dear, oh dear, what are we going to do now?" cried the bears.

17: The bears wandered around to the back of the house and to their great surprise found five little children sitting in a circle, and in the middle of the circle, was a very nice lady telling a story. | "Little bears, we've been waiting for you. Come and join our circle time."

19: This is a story about a real person and real bears. Elenor Mary Harnish Sanders was born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and lived most of her life in Woolwich, Maine. At the age of 90 she moved from her home of 57 years to live at Hillhouse Assisted Living, Bath, Maine, until her death in 2006. Elenor Mary made bears for all her family, friends and neighbors. Marcia Kimpton teaches little children at her school "The Chickadee Tree" in Waldoboro, Maine The author, B. Ann Word, is Elenor Mary's Niece

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