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Product details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reissue edition (30 Jan. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140360352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140360356
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,822,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"More than a fine animal story.... "Gentle Ben" is a memorable reading experience."--Library Journal

"More than a fine animal story . "Gentle Ben" is a memorable reading experience. Library Journal"

About the Author

Walt Morey was an award-winningauthorof numerous works of children'sfictionset in the U.S.Pacific NorthwestandAlaska, the places where Morey lived for all of his life. His book"Gentle Ben"was the basis for the 1967 movie"Gentle Giant"and the 1967-1969 television show"Gentle Ben.""


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By A Customer on 2 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is great. It is a good book but it also have alot of words that 9 year olds wouldn't understand if they didn't look them up. I'm 11 years old and almost 12 so I would have to say that you should have a good voabulary if you are interested in reading this book. Over all I give this book 5 stars. GREAT BOOK!
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This is a book about a young boy who has a special friendship with an Alaskan Brown Bear named Ben. Ben is not only gentle, but very loving and loyal to his owner, Mark. The author describes Ben so well that it sounds real. This is the most interesting book I've ever read. Brendan Parra, Nazareth School, 5th grade.
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I read this book as a child, and then my son read it ,and we so needed a copy so that my grandsons could both read this classic book.

best of all, I was back in my years of yesterday ...rereading this was a joy .
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8b3da0c0) out of 5 stars 48 reviews
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HASH(0x8b27fc3c) out of 5 stars A story that will stay emblazoned in your mind for years to come, and warm your heart 8 Feb. 2006
By Erika Sorocco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mark Andersen leads quite a lonely existence in the Alaskan wilderness, where he lives with his mother and father. Things wouldn't be so lonely if his older brother was still around, but since his death, Mark has been devoid of contact with anyone even close in age to him. Due in large part to the fact that he's the smallest boy at school - at least for his age - and risks injury if he plays with the stronger boys, so he keeps to himself. That is, until he discovers a friend named Ben. Ben isn't your average friend. He's an Alaskan brown bear "brownie," who is larger than life, and frightens anyone who sees him. Except for Mark. Mark knows how gentle Ben is, and quickly befriends him. Mark and Ben discover that they are much more like one another than anyone could possibly know, and forge a strong bond. But when the local townspeople find out about Mark and Ben's relationship, they are determined to destroy it. Even if it means destroying Ben.

Animal stories always have a strong place in my heart, so when I discovered Walt Morey's GENTLE BEN, I knew that I would adore the story. And I did. Much like Sterling North's RASCAL, GENTLE BEN captures the essence of falling in love with a wild animal, and keeping it as a pet, even when the world is against your decision. It's about the special bond that humans and animals hold with one another. Mark is a lovable character, whose small body, but strong mind, make him the ideal friend for Ben. While Ben is a character that will never be forgotten, based solely on the kindness in his heart, and his laugh-out-loud antics. A story that will stay emblazoned in your mind for years to come, and warm your heart.

Erika Sorocco
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b27fc90) out of 5 stars I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! Very interesting! 25 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a book about a young boy who has a special friendship with an Alaskan Brown Bear named Ben. Ben is not only gentle, but very loving and loyal to his owner, Mark. The author describes Ben so well that it sounds real. This is the most interesting book I've ever read. Brendan Parra, Nazareth School, 5th grade.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c51ccb4) out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful! 18 May 2005
By Tatjana Prelog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've just read this book, which is one of the most beautiful I've ever read and I'm very sorry that it isn't available in Slovene language so that our children could read it, too.

It's a book about love between a little boy named Mark and a big brown bear named Ben who became true friends. It's a book about love and care for the wildlife, and also what a man can do if he don't understand or even don't like animals. It's a story which teaches us to listen sometimes to our children and not always only demand from them to act like we think it's normal, because we - grown-up people - can learn a lot from both, from our children and from animals regardless they're their pets or not.

I highly recommend to all of you to read this book. And those who already own one - take it down from the bookshelf and read it again. I think I'll do it in a while, too.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b27ff18) out of 5 stars A beautifully written work! 27 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one book I've had for many years, but it wore out, so I got a new copy, because I enjoy the story so much. It is a well written story about a seemingly unlikely and impossible relationship between a boy and a bear, and what's great is that the author doesn't "Disney-ize" the story, for there is also tragedy as well as the lighter moments. I especially enjoyed the way the author made his characters so convining and real, from the despicable and loathsome Fog Benson to the affectionate yet firm Mike Kelly. It is also a refreshing story in that Mark, the boy, also learns what it means to have a great responsibilty in having a bear. The author does a great job in portraying right as right, and wrong as wrong, yet isn't "preachy" about it. It's a book you can't put down the first time you read it. It is one of my favorite works of fiction, and though I am now an adult, I still enjoy reading this book. It's one I highly recommend for all to read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b281258) out of 5 stars The Gentle Big Bear 10 Jan. 2001
By Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Imagine yourself as a young, teenage boy with a gigantic 1000-pound grizzly for a pet that might be slaughtered. Gentle Ben by Walt Morey is a fascinating adventure story of a young boy named Mark and a great bear. Mark bought the big bear from Fog Benson, a drunkard. The town folks tell him "Get rid of the bear, or we'll shoot him''. What can Mark do? Read this exciting, glamorous story to find out the fate of this huge but gentle bear. Walt Morey is a great writer and has written Kavik the Wolf Dog and Home is the North and lots of more. This is the best adventure story I have ever read. You got to try Gentle Ben.
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