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Shirley Parenteau

Biography

Shirley Parenteau

Shirley Parenteau is the author of five other books about the bears:BEARS ON CHAIRS, BEARS IN BEDS, BEARS IN THE BATH, BEATHS AND A BIRTHDAY, and BEARS IN A BAND. Shirley Parenteau lives in Elk Grove, California.

Shirley Parenteau

Books by Shirley Parenteau

by Shirley Parenteau - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

Eleven-year-old Chiyo Tamura never imagined she’d go from her small Japanese village to Tokyo, helping to welcome more than 12,000 Friendship Dolls from America --- including Emily Grace, a gift to her school. Nor could she dream that she’d have an important role in the crafting of Miss Tokyo, one of 58 Japanese dolls to be sent to America. But when Chiyo is asked to be Emily Grace’s protector, one jealous classmate will stop at nothing to see her fail.

by Shirley Parenteau - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1941, eleven-year-old Macy James lives near the Oregon coast with her father, the director of a small museum. Miss Tokyo, one of fifty-eight exquisite friendship dolls given to America by Japan in 1926, is part of the museum's collection --- and one of Macy's most treasured connections to her mother, who recently passed away. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, many of Macy's neighbors demand that Miss Tokyo be destroyed. When her brother joins the Navy and devastating news from the war begins to pour in, Macy starts having doubts --- does remaining loyal to Miss Tokyo mean being disloyal to America?

by Shirley Parenteau - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction

It's 1926, and the one thing eleven-year-old Lexie Lewis wants more than anything is to leave Portland, Oregon, where she has been staying with her strict grandparents, and rejoin her mother, a carefree singer in San Francisco's speakeasies. But Mama's new husband doesn't think a little girl should live with parents who work all night and sleep all day. Meanwhile, Lexie's class has been raising money to ship a doll to the children of Japan in a friendship exchange, and when Lexie learns that the girl who writes the best letter to accompany the doll will be sent to the farewell ceremony in San Francisco, she knows she just has to be the winner. 

Written by Shirley Parenteau and illustrated by David Walker - Children's 2-4, Picture

Here’s a bright red sled
On a snowy day.
Where are the bears
To come out and play?

The little bears are ready to play in the snow. But --- oh, no! Their sled is too small! It’s not as much fun to go sledding only two at a time, but what can they use to carry them all? Luckily, Big Brown Bear has an idea --- and it starts with a belly flop!