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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (385 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Hesse, Fred Berman Narrator: Fred Berman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On that day in 1903, fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changed irrevocably when his parents-Russian immigrants-created the first teddy bear. No longer did the Michtom's gather family and friends around the kitchen table to talk. No longer was Joseph at leisure to play stickball with the guys. No longer were Joseph and his book-loving sister free from watching their pesky two-year-old brother. Now-when it was summer vacation and more than anything Joseph wanted to experience the thrill, the grandeur, the electricity of Coney Island-Joseph worked. And complained. And fell in and out of love. And argued. And hoped that everything would go back to how it used to be. All the while no one let him forget that he was lucky. Because-"There are other children. The unwanted, the forgotten, the lost ones. They gather under the bridge each night to sit, to talk, to sleep. They know, they know, they know that to everyone beyond the bridge they are invisible. . . ." These are the children who live under the bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge. Newbery medalist Karen Hesse masterfully entwines Joseph's coming-of-age tale (and that of his big, colorful family) with the heartbreaking stories of the children under the bridge. Riveting historical fiction that is by turns accessible and ornate, very real but with a touch of magical realism. Hesse's extraordinary new novel is an insightful reminder that a life-fragile and precious-can change in a moment. Brooklyn Bridge is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/14/2014

    " Joseph Michtom's family lives in Brooklyn in 1903. Joseph's father has a newly expanding business - stuffed bears inspired by then President Teddy Roosevelt. Memorable characters and setting. Good, but not Hesse's best. I enjoy reading stories set in old NYC, so I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 1/31/2014

    " Beautifully written, but a bit slow. I'm not sure who I could give it to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 1/26/2014

    " Two individual stories finally converge at the end of this book, giving the reader an "aha!" moment. The book takes place in early-20th century Brooklyn. The plot revolves around a Jewish family that used to run a candy store but due to the father's bright flash of an idea, have started a new business. He saw a picture of President Theodore Roosevelt holding a bear cub, and he got the idea to create and sell "Teddy bears." The business has suddenly outgrown the upstairs apartment, and pieces of bears are everywhere, much to the consternation of 14-year-old Joseph. The warmth of the family and the neighbors on the street provide a strong base for an outstanding story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katrina | 1/22/2014

    " Superb! Hesse is a master storyteller and this book is no exception. (And, as it was a listen-read for me, the narrator was superb too.) I loved every minute of it! "

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