Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear

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Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear is a children's novel by Christine Weston. Set in contemporary India, it follows the adventures of two boys, David and Gopali, as they roam the country with a dancing bear. The first edition was illustrated by Roger Duvoisin.[1] The novel was first published in 1945 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1946.[2]


Kirkus Reviews called it " A bit out of this world atmosphere and occasionally moralizing -- but in all a satisfactory adventure story" and "The Roger Duvoisin pictures in two colors are sure passport to charm."[3]


  1. ^ The Newbery Companion by John Thomas Gillespie and Corinne J. Naden, second edition, 2001, p. 141
  2. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. Archived from the original on 29 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  3. ^ "Ia, The Dancing Bear". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 23 July 2015.