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Nd evocative debut novel When a twelve year old wakes up as a human girl instead of a bear one cloudy morning she embarks on a thri SPOILER ALERTThis is an AWESOME book I recommend it to everyoneespecially young women The lead character is given born to gifted with many skills friends and opportunities She does everything she can to deny what who and how she is what she is Throughout the book I repeatedly wanted to slap her throw her over my knee and spank her till her bum was lobster red and most of the time I felt the need to shake her as hard as possible while screaming at her you inconsiderate rude selfish scared too proudsnivelingprissypoor thing She consistently makes the same mistakes we all do in relationships Most of the time her emotions have a head start on reason or logic and she speaks before thinking 999% of the time All the fear and pride she has seems to control her mouth She personifies everything we fear to do and do do during all those times when we know we are wrong we know we canshould admit we are in the wrong but don t Regardless of what is best for us we allow our fear and pride to speak out instead and dig ourselves deeper This habit of hers both frustrates me and endears her to me I recognize so much of my own fears in relationships and pride and the book resonates with the clean truth of why we allow fears and pride to chose our paths so often

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A stunning new writer of mythological fantasy takes readers to a world of adventure discovery and transformation in her beautiful a After reading Bear Daughter for the second time I still feel it merits 5 stars It is no wonder that Terri Wendling the author and founder of the Endicott studio praised it so highly and put it on her Mythic Fiction list I was told it is out of print when I wanted to buy my own copy I guess it did not sell well This is unfortunate because it is really an amazing novel I think some of it may have to do with the cover I read that the author was also not happy with it calling it problematic Not only does the girl on the cover look Caucasian but the cover is misleading because it gives the impression that the novel is both YA and Native American In fact the story takes place in an alternative universe resembling the Pre Colombian Pacific West Coast Berman an anthropologist combines both First Nation and European myths and legends to create a new story In her interview Begman says that while Bear Daughter is indeed inspired by the indigenous traditions of the Pacific North West she was also influenced by Old World traditions second read I paid attention to what the Native American elements and the Old World Traditions might be The Native American influences are of course The First People and just in general the lifestyle of the characters their clothing food canoes housing and so on while the Old World influences would be the idea of a uest the wizards the many hidden boxes Cloud had to open I was struck between the similarities between the First People and Faeries The Center of Heaven part reminded me of a European Fairy Tale but I cannot remember which one The feeling of this book is much like an Epic Fantasy Parts of Clouds journey uest seemed too long and could have been condensed but that would be my only criticism of this book It is also very much a coming of age story with great character development Cloud with her struggles to come to terms with both her Human and Bear self seems like a real person and it is both wonderful and sometimes painful watching her grow After reading this novel I wish Judith Berman would write novels taking place in this universe that she is created I would simply read on and on Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark just in general the lifestyle of the characters their clothing food canoes housing and so on while the Old World influences would be the idea of a uest the wizards the many hidden boxes Cloud had to open I was struck between the similarities between the First People and Faeries The Center of Heaven part reminded me of a European Fairy Tale but I cannot remember which one The feeling of this book is much like an Epic Fantasy Parts of Clouds I Love You Almost Always journey uest seemed too long and could have been condensed but that would be my only criticism of this book It is also very much a coming of age story with great character development Cloud with her struggles to come to terms with both her Human and Bear self seems like a real person and it is both wonderful and sometimes painful watching her grow After reading this novel I wish Judith Berman would write novels taking place in this universe that she is created I would simply read on and on

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Lling journey through both mortal and immortal worlds to mend her past face her fears and save all of the realms in which she tread This was an idiosyncratic book with a slow start and an ending that I m not uite sure about but I wholly recommend it to fans of mythic fiction It s a beautiful evocation of the textures scents and daily rhythms of its folkloric Pacific Northwest setting exploring through fine details what it means to be a living being in a world of birth and death and struggleWhile the book dragged for me at first readerly patience is rewarded with a tense high stakes coming of age uest story Cloud is a wonderful slightly unusual character a clueless mortal girl with immortal bear parentage who struggles to identify her desires and emotions The text makes wise observations about trauma and family and it s refreshing to encounter a female protagonist with low emotional intelligenceFinally Judith Berman is an anthropologist and this is a respectful and nuanced adaptation of Native source material by a non Native author This is her only novel although I think I ve read a short story or two of hers Alas it seems she s wholly out of print so I will be on the lookout for new publications


10 thoughts on “Bear Daughter

  1. says:

    After reading Bear Daughter for the second time I still feel it merits 5 stars It is no wonder that Terri Wendling the author and foun

  2. says:

    Bear Daughter is uite obviously set among pre contact west coast natives Berman is an anthropologist specializing in west coast natives but I was a bit uneasy reading something so saturated in native folklore written by a white woman However at no point did I feel that she presumed although obviously I am not an expert I was also reassured by reading the author's essay on her struggle not to appropriate It's a thoughtfu

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    Confusing as this book can sometimes bethe writing is strong and confidentlike bear daughter herselfmost of the time This mythological tale does not pretend to be an authentic retellingbut as an original fantasy it is nevertheless evocative of native tribal wayslong ago when the borders between worlds were fluidLike the original mythsthis one too has a moral that we can apply to our own lives with less difficulty than t

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    Bear Daughter is an inspiring Fantasy novel which follows a young bear cub turned girl named Cloud Now a human child Cloud must learn human manners and avoid the wrath of her mother's husband Rumble I did love the various character names and how they all tied in with the theme of natureAged thirteen and threatened with imminent death Cloud is

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    This was a chance find I went to the library looking for books for the Fall Challenge at the Seasonal Reading Challenge Group and while I was browsing the fantasy books my eyes happened to fall on this one And what a stroke of good fortune that was I'll admit the book started a little slow by which I mean I spent the first half thinking it would be 4 stars instead of 5 Sometimes Cloud was hard to empathize with and som

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    SPOILER ALERTThis is an AWESOME book I recommend it to everyoneespecially young women The lead character is given born to gi

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    One day a bear wakes up as a 12 year old girl and her life is changedCloud is the human Thrush's daughter but also Lord Stink's the bear king When she awakens as a girl Thrush's current husband Rumble ostracizes her and her Aunt Glory takes her into her own home and teaches her how to be human But when Rumble killed Lor

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    I know this may be an odd thing to say but one of the things that I LOVED about this book is that it sort of read like a video game What do I mean by that The way that you begin in one location learn and experience things th

  9. says:

    This was an idiosyncratic book with a slow start and an ending that I'm not uite sure about but I wholly recommend it to fans of mythic fiction It's a beautiful evocation of the textures scents and daily rhythms of its folkloric Pacific Northwest setting exploring through fine details what it means to be a living being in a world of birth and death and struggleWhile the book dragged for me at first readerly patience is rewarded w

  10. says:

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review Wow I simply couldn't put this book down I was very surprised to uic

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