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Original sketches by Bob Denver that he created for for this story written by his wife Dreama for their son Colin.


Dreama Denver ILLUSTRATED BY

Ashley Belote


Four Bears in a Box by Dreama Denver illustrated by Ashley Belote copyright ©2020 Dreama Denver All rights reserved. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents, except where noted otherwise, are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any other resemblance to actual people, places or events is entirely coincidental. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any other form or for any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage system, without written permission from Headline Books. To order additional copies of this book, or for book publishing information, or to contact the author: Headline Kids P. O. Box 52 Terra Alta, WV 26764 Email: mybook@headlinebooks.com www.headlinebooks.com Lucas Kelly—Design/Layout Published by Headline Books Headline Kids is an imprint of Headline Books ISBN-13: 9781951556044

Library of Congress Control Number: 2019952962

PR I N T E D I N T H E U N I T E D STAT E S OF A M E R IC A


This book is dedicated to those of you who get lost in the beauty of imagination.


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“We’ve nothing to do,” said the three little bears while moping around on their three little chairs. We’ve ridden our bicycles, played with our trains, Skateboards, kaleidoscopes, pinwheels and planes. We’ve eaten our lunch; we’ve played in the yard. Finding something to do is really quite hard.

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“I’ve got it!” said Clyde, “Two of us could go hide!” But the other two bears shook their heads side to side.

Then Sadie chimed in, “We could go for a swim!” But the other two shivered and said, “Let’s stay in.”

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“I know what we could do,” said the youngest bear Boo, “Let’s go ask our mom!” and away they all flew.

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They raced down the hallway with three noses twitchin’. They knew they’d find Mom hard at work in the kitchen.

She’s baking their favorites and they squealed with delight! They “bear-ly” could wait until later tonight.

A friend could sleep over and share all their fun when their rooms had been cleaned and their chores had been done. And that’s when they knew... THEY HAD SOMETHING TO DO! 8


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“No, No,” said his mother, “that’s all for today. You’ve worked very hard, now it’s time to go play.

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We hope you enjoyed this preview of Four Bears in a Box! For more information visit www.DreamaDenver.com


“I cherished being on our three hour tour with my fellow castaway Bob Denver on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ and I really love the way his wife Dreama Denver has brought Bob’s children’s book idea to life! Four Bears In A Box is a treat for all the ‘little buddies’ that you hold dear. I love you, Dreama!” Dawn Wells, Mary Ann from the TV classic “Gilligan’s Island” “A wonderful story filled with joy and surprises, both your child and the one who lives inside you will love this funny, sweet tale. I was smiling after I read it. homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys “Dreama’s Bears tell their story in a lyrical “What a delight to read Dreama rhyme capturing the fun, love, and spirit that Denver’s charming story of four cute cubs Bob envisioned. Four Bears in a Box is a as they try to find something to do on a long children’s book to be treasured for generations.” day. The rhythm and rhymes tell the Dwayne Hickman, star of TV classic delightful tale along with Disneyesque “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” illustrations to enchant young readers and their parents. Sparked by her husband Bob the book holds a special Significance and is a joy for all!” Kathy Garver star of TV classic “Family Affair”

Award-winning author and illustrator, Ashley Belote, is a summa cum laude graduate of Alderson Broaddus College with a B.F.A in visual art with a minor in creative writing. After two semesters of graduate work at West Virginia University she continued her graduate study through the Simmons College satellite graduate program at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. She holds a Masters in Arts Administration through the University of Kentucky and is a graduate of Don Bluth University. Ashley is also a portrait artist, muralist and art instructor. For more information visit www.AshleyBelote.com.

DREAMA DENVER

Dreama Denver was married for three decades to TV icon Bob Denver, known to millions worldwide as the star of the television classic “Gilligan’s Island.” The two met when they were cast opposite one another in a theater production, and toured the country for many years performing together. An author and speaker, Dreama keeps Bob’s legacy alive via her work with The Denver Foundation, supporting special needs children and U.S. veterans. This is her first children’s book. Visit www.dreamadenver.com to learn more.

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